Pontiac, MI - Residents in southern Oakland County who have coronavirus symptoms can get drive-thru testing beginning Thursday at the Health Division's South Oakland Health Center by appointment only, County Executive David Coulter said Monday, April 27, 2020.
The county collaborated with U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield, to offer testing for first responders, essential or critical infrastructure employees, adults age 65 or older, those with underlying conditions, or residents experiencing symptoms. Testing is Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. To make an appointment, call the Health Division's Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533. The South Oakland Health Center is located at 27725 Greenfield Road.
"In our efforts to broaden our understanding of COVID-19, we believe it is prudent to open more drive-thru testing accessible to residents in areas with a higher number of cases," Coulter said. "I'm so proud of our residents who have taken the necessary steps to keep themselves and others safe. I applaud Congresswoman Lawrence for her leadership. The residents are the true beneficiaries of this effort."
Beginning Monday, May 4, testing will be conducted at South Oakland Health Center on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; at the Oakland County government campus in Pontiac, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The county is currently in the process of selecting a third site for Friday testing.
Rep. Lawrence said she worked closely with Coulter and his administration to ensure people who live or work in the southern part of the county have access to the site for much-needed testing.
"Cooperation and coordination are so important when addressing a health care emergency unlike anything we have seen in our lifetimes," Rep. Lawrence said. "I appreciate the opportunity to work with the county executive and his team to bring this essential service to our residents and workers. I encourage those who need it to get tested."
The Health Division and Honor Community Health currently offer drive-thru testing at the Oakland County Complex, 1200 N. Telegraph Road in Pontiac. Testing this week is today and Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., by appointment only. A prescription or doctor's note is not needed to get tested. Contact the Health Division's Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533. Results are expected in 24-48 hours.