COVID-19 Testing Update

Effective January 4, 2021, the Saginaw COVID-19 drive-thru testing site located 1417 Cumberland is moving back to the old location of 501 Lapeer Ave. at the David R. Gamez health center. Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs., Fri – 9:00a.m. – 1:00pm & Wed – 7:30am – 1:00pm. Drive-thru hotline (989) 293-3492. Have your ID and insurance card in hand and ready for staff when you arrive. If you do not have insurance you can still be tested. 

What is your current COVID-19 Status?

It is important to know. ANYONE can get tested and is welcome to our drive-thru for COVID-19 testing. There are no longer symptom requirements to be tested at our sites. You do not need a doctors order. To be tested have your ID and insurance card ready if you have one. If you do not have insurance you can still be tested.

Test results may take 3-7 business days with increased demand.

Daily testing site locations including hours and hotlines

COVID-19 Alert November 16, 2020

 


We are OPEN for both in-person and telehealth visits. We encourage you to schedule the care you may have delayed. All medical, dental, behavioral health, eye care and pharmacy services are now open and providing care. Please call to schedule your appointment.

Stay safe and get tested for COVID-19

As always, our commitment is to you and our community. We are here to keep you healthy and safe. We may offer you a virtual visit so you don’t have to leave your house unnecessarily.  Ask us for more details when you call your center.

We still encourage all of our patients to follow CDC guidelines when it comes to social distancing, wearing masks, hand-washing, and protecting vulnerable populations who are particularly prone to COVID-19.


FAQ  on COVID-19 testing:

Q: Who can be tested?

  • At Great Lakes Bay Health Centers’ testing sites, anyone can receive a test – with our without symptoms.
  • You don’t need a doctor’s order.
  • There are no out of pocket costs, but you do need to bring your ID and insurance card. If you don’t have insurance, you can still be tested.

Q: Why should I get tested?

  • Even if you don’t have symptoms, you could still have the virus and be spreading it.
  • Find out your status so you can better protect yourself, your family, and your community.
  • It’s important to get tested as you go back to work and out into the public more.

Q: How does the testing work?

  • The GLBHC sites are drive-through and you can stay in your vehicle. Staff will take your demographic information and insurance information. They follow all safety guidelines.
  • Walk-up testing is also available at the sites.
  • The test uses a long, thin nasal swab that collects a sample from the back of your nose. It just takes a few seconds.
  • You will be contacted by your doctor within 2-4 days with the test results.

Q: What do I do if I have possible or confirmed COVID-19?

  • Stay home from work and other public places for 14 days as much as possible. Avoid any public transportation.
  • Monitor your symptoms carefully. If they get worse, call your health care provider immediately. Get rest and stay hydrated. Before going to a healthcare appointment, call ahead and tell them you have or may have COVID-19.
  • Wear a face covering and cover your cough.
  • Wash your hands often or clean your hands with hand sanitizer.
  • In your home, stay away from other people as much as possible. Avoid sharing personal items in your household. Clean all surfaces that are touched often with cleaning spray or wipes.

Q: What does a negative test result mean?

  • A negative nasal swab most likely means you don’t have the virus now, but could still become infected and not have symptoms for a few days.
  • It’s still important to wear a face-covering in public, maintain social distancing of 6 or more feet, and keep your hands clean. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

Q: What are the risks of COVID-19 infection?

  • Anyone can get this virus!
  • You are at higher risk if you are older, have diabetes (sugar), high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, lung disease, asthma, and other health issues. The virus is more dangerous for you.
  • If you feel sick – take action to protect yourself and others. If you have difficulty breathing, get medical help right away.
  • The most common symptoms are mild and start slowly. They include fever, dry cough, difficulty breathing, tiredness, aches and pains, runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, and diarrhea. Other less common symptoms can include chills, muscle pain, headache, and new loss of taste or smell.
  • Some people can be infected and don’t have any symptoms.

Q: How can I find help to stay safe and healthy?

  • Call 211 from any phone for a list of statewide resources for everything from food and diapers to rental assistance.
  • Don’t put off medical or dental care – offices are opening for in-person visits. Call your healthcare provider to find out about rescheduling visits.
  • Great Lakes Health Care Centers is a primary care provider for more than 56,000 patients at 30 locations across the region. They provide medical, dental, and behavioral health care to anyone seeking services, regardless of insurance coverage. Virtual visits continue through telehealth but their offices are opening with safety protocols in place to keep patients and staff safe. Everyone must wear a face mask to enter a center. Visitors are limited and we will screen everyone for symptoms.
  • Reach out to your healthcare provider for behavioral health needs including ways to cope with increased stress. All GLBHC primary care sites offer integrated behavioral health services and counseling.

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