COVID-19 Testing More Accessible Under New Order

Lansing, MI — Governor Whitmer signed an executive order on Tuesday that expands COVID-19 testing in the state of Michigan. The order increases the eligibility for testing, negates the need for a doctor’s order, and eliminates the out-of-pocket cost of testing for individuals.

Those now eligible for testing under the new order include anyone who:

  • Exhibits any symptom of COVID-19, including mild symptoms
  • Has been exposed to a person with COVID-19
  • Has been working outside their home for at least 10 days
  • Resides in any congregate setting, such as a long-term care facility, prison or jail, homeless shelter, or migrant camp

Under Executive Order 2020-104, anyone who leaves their home for work, or has symptoms of COVID-19 (even mild symptoms), may receive a test at a community testing location without securing a doctor’s order in advance. Medical personnel will be available to order testing upon arrival. A person who wishes to be tested may call the Michigan coronavirus hotline at 1-888-535-6136 or visit to find an appropriate testing location.

The state also launched an online dashboard that visually illustrates COVID-19 risks and trends in Michigan. The dashboard was developed through a collaboration between the Michigan departments of Health and Human Services and Labor and Economic Opportunity and the University of Michigan, dashboard data is divided into Michigan Economic Recovery Committee (MERC) regions.

You can access the dashboard <HERE>

Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand