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Grand Traverse County Health Department partners with HONU Labs to assist with off-site testing

The Grand Traverse County Health Department is partnering with Honu Labs to assist with the operation of the free, drive-thru COVID-19 testing site that was established last December. The pop-up site located at the Cherryland Mall (1700 South Garfield Rd. Traverse City, MI 49686) provides COVID-19 testing by appointment only on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

“With the emergency use authorization of two COVID-19 vaccines in mid-December, our focus at the health department was forced to shift to the planning and administering of the vaccine in our community,” said Health Officer Wendy Hirschenberger. “While supply of vaccine pales in comparison to the overall demand of those eligible in the current categories, continued testing is important to track where infections continue to spread. Bringing Honu Labs on board to help us allows us to both test and administer vaccine simultaneously.”

Testing is available to anyone regardless of symptoms. A doctor’s order is not needed and there is no charge to be tested. Testing is done by appointment only by following this link.

Tests are for diagnostic purposes (this is not an antibody test) and will be sent to a laboratory for analysis. Results will be delivered electronically through Honu Labs.

We continue to urge anyone that receives a positive COVID-19 test to self-isolate. Additionally, notify any of your close contacts that they will need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with you and monitor for symptoms. Symptoms include: fever or chills cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
  • Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure

Persons who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

An exception to this latest guidance are patients and residents in healthcare settings.