Call your health care provider if you have symptoms to discuss whether you should be evaluated in person and considered for testing.
If you do not have a provider or are uninsured, call the nearest urgent care center or hospital. Local health departments may also be able to provide guidance and connect you to a provider.
If you have mild illness, stay home (in a separate room from others, if possible) and monitor your symptoms. If your symptoms get worse, call your health care provider immediately. For medical emergencies, call 911 and notify the dispatch personnel that you have or may have COVID-19.
Providers request testing based on a patient’s signs, symptoms, travel history and risk and communicate with the local health department to keep the state informed.
The state public health lab is prioritizing testing for people with symptoms:
who have been in contact with a known case of COVID-19
who are part of a public health investigation (such as at a long-term care facility)
who become symptomatic during a 14-day monitoring period (such as after travel to a region with widespread transmission)
who have a likelihood of infecting many others (such as healthcare providers)
who are part of a vulnerable population
who are hospitalized without any other clear cause of illness
Testing is also being conducted by private labs and several hospitals labs.
Results from the state lab are available within 48 to 72 hours. The state is working on reducing wait time by training additional scientists and adding a second shift at the lab.
For more coronavirus information, call the state hotline at 1-888-535-6136 (available daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), email COVID19@michigan.gov or visit the Michigan coronavirus website.
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