COVID-19 testing site opens at GBHS

Medical professionals assist at the drive-through COVID-19 test site at Grand Blanc High School. Photo by Lania Rocha

Medical professionals assist at the drive-through COVID-19 test site at Grand Blanc High School. Photo by Lania Rocha

GRAND BLANC — Kroger Health, the healthcare arm of Kroger, has opened a free COVID-19 drive-through testing site for patients in the Grand Blanc area.

Testing began Thursday, May 7, and will continue through the end of May, taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, in the Grand Blanc High School parking lot, 12500 Holly Road.

“Testing remains critical in our state and can save lives,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who announced the opening of the site in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. “We must keep working to expand testing and require people who test positive to self-isolate.

“Moving forward, the State of Michigan will continue to work with health care partners, like Kroger Health, to provide affordable and quick testing to residents. And as always, I will continue to listen to the experts and follow the medical sciences as we continue to fight COVID-19.”

Interested individuals can determine eligibility and schedule a test at: KrogerHealth.com/covidtesting.

Eligibility will be determined by a short and easy to use guided virtual screening tool. The tool uses the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and Michigan’s expanded testing criteria. Those who are eligible for testing include individuals with mild symptoms, essential workers still reporting to work in person, whether they have symptoms or not, and individuals from racial and ethnic groups disproportionately affected by adverse outcomes by COVID-19, whether they have symptoms or not.

Those eligible will then select the Grand Blanc location and appointment time and receive an email confirmation with pre-appointment paperwork.

When an individual arrives for a test, they should have photo identification ready and leave their windows rolled up for check-in. A Kroger pharmacist will approach the car and alert the individual when to roll down their window.

The drive-through testing location has a self-administered nasal swab that must be ordered and observed by a healthcare professional.

This onsite testing is supported with laboratory services provided by eTrueNorth, a contractor of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Test results are expected within approximately 48 hours. Kroger Health is expected to administer 250 tests per day. — L.R.