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Posted on: April 24, 2020

COVID-19 testing site opening at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center

Exterior view of the Martin Luther King Community Center

The Center for Family Health is partnering with the City of Jackson to open its second COVID-19 testing site at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center on Monday, April 27.

CFH opened its first testing site two weeks ago at 505 N. Jackson Street as part of a statewide expansion of COVID-19 testing.

“The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging health facilities to increase COVID-19 testing locations so that, as a state, we can slow the spread of the disease,” said Molly Kaser, President and CEO of the Center for Family Health.

“It’s important to make testing easily available to all Jackson residents, particularly those who face transportation and other barriers,” Kaser said.

City government is providing support for COVID-19 testing at the MLK Center, 1107 Adrian Street. A testing center will operate in the parking lot 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“As we look forward to reopening our local economy during the coronavirus pandemic, we know our biggest need will be to increase and extend testing and contact tracing,” said Jackson Mayor Derek Dobies.

"Our partnership with the Center for Family Health will help us realize this need, continue to flatten the curve, and better protect public health,” Dobies said.

People who believe they may need testing for COVID-19 should call the CFH testing hotline at (517) 748-5363. The hotline is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Callers will discuss symptoms and risk factors with medical providers. If that screening indicates testing is appropriate, appointments will be set at either CFH testing site. Same-day or next-day appointments are scheduled.

Patients can drive up or walk up for appointments at both testing sites. As always at CFH, no one is turned away because of inability to pay.

CFH is also pleased to announce it is one of three health centers in Michigan participating in a study to determine the effectiveness of a new saliva test for COVID-19. Nasopharyngeal swabs are currently the standard method for gathering test samples. People going through the CFH testing services will be asked if they wish to participate in the study. Those who agree will provide a saliva sample after their nasopharyngeal sample is collected.


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