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A doctor's order for testing is required for appointments

Drive up COVID-19 testing to begin Friday, Mar. 27

City of Detroit partners with three counties and health systems for regional program

Mayor Duggan and the City of Detroit has teamed up with three counties and three health systems to aid in the fight against COVID-19. Beginning Friday, Mar. 27, 400 people per day will be able to receive COVID-19 tests, a doctor’s order will be REQUIRED, at the Joe Dumars Fieldhouse at the Michigan State Fairgrounds. 

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The Coronavirus Community Care Network is comprised of the City of Detroit, Macomb County, Wayne County, Oakland County, Detroit Medical Center, Henry Ford Health System and Trinity Health Systems. 

From Mar. 27 to May 8, 14,400 tests while be conducted at the Drive Through site. Again, a doctor’s referral will be required. During this six-week period, the site will operate from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Monday through Saturday. Testing will be available for residents of the tri-county area (Wayne, Oakland, Macomb) but you must schedule an appointment. 

 

Here’s how testing can be scheduled: 

1. A physician schedules an appointment for a patient and calls in a prescription to the call center, or, 

2. An individual must receive a written prescription from a physician, schedule an appointment with the call center, and bring their prescription to the testing location.

The appointment scheduling process for physicians includes:

  a. Patient arrives at their doctor’s office presenting COVID-19 symptoms.

  b. Doctor evaluates patient for COVID-19 and determines whether the patient should receive testing.

  c. If the doctor determines that COVID-19 testing is needed, the doctor writes a prescription for the test.

  d. While the patient is still present, the doctor’s office calls the CCCN call center with the prescription information and schedules an appointment for the patient at the drive thru.

  e. The doctor’s office provides the patient with their drive-thru appointment date, time, and location and instructs them to bring their state issued or another form of valid ID.

The appointment scheduling process for an individual includes: 

  a. Patient arrives at their doctor’s office presenting COVID-19 symptoms.

  b. Doctor evaluates patient for COVID-19 and determines whether the patient should receive testing.

  c. If the doctor determines that COVID-19 testing is needed, the doctor writes a prescription for the test.

  d. The patient calls the CCCN call center with their written prescription information and schedules their appointment at the drive thru.

  e. The patient arrives at the drive-thru appointment with their state issued or another form of valid ID and their written prescription.

Only 40-50 cars will be allowed in for testing each hour. 

The CCCN site is also made possible by community partnerships throughout the Southeastern Michigan region. Dan Gilbert has donated the call center operations of Quicken Loans and Rock Connections to handle the appointments. Quicken also supported the development of the scheduling technology and other logistical support for the testing site, as well as providing tents and other assets from the Rocket Mortgage Classic.  

Jamie Dimon and JP Morgan Chase assisted the city in recruiting Bioreference Labs in New Jersey to perform 500 tests a day with results returned in five days. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan also donated $300,000 to the effort and 6,000 test kits were donated from the Dr. Roberto Romero and NIH Perinatal Research Branch.