FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2020
Media Contact: Michael McElrath, 313-303-5042,
Kaitlynn Riley, 734-765-5307,
WAYNE COUNTY TO LAUNCH COVID-19 SAVE-A-LIFE PROGRAM
Antibody Testing with Convalescent Plasma Donation Opens to the Public on Tuesday
WAYNE COUNTY – The Wayne County Public Health Division, in partnership with Garden
City Hospital, will open to the public the COVID-19 Save-A-Life Program
on Tuesday, June 23. The program provides COVID-19 drive-up diagnostic
and antibody testing for Wayne County employees, Wayne County residents
and the general public with no out-of-pocket cost or pre-scheduled appointment.
The program is made possible with Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic
Security (CARES) Act funds.
“With CARES Act dollars, Wayne County is making testing widely available
and building a key partnership with Garden
City Hospital to further flatten the curve,” said Wayne County Executive,
Warren C. Evans.
As part of the Save-A-Life program, the County will purchase test machines
under an operating agreement with Garden City Hospital. Garden City Hospital
will use the machines to process testing on-site and to facilitate residents
testing positive for the antibodies to donate plasma and potentially save
the lives of people in serious or critical condition due to COVID-19.
After a positive antibody test, Garden City Hospital will provide necessary
documentation for residents interested in donating plasma to the American
Red Cross. This administrative step, typically performed for an additional
charge, is covered through the program, making it easier for donations
to reach those in need of convalescent blood plasma that effectively fights
off the disease.
“We thank the Wayne County Public Health Division for their partnership
in making this testing easily accessible to our communities,” said
Garden City Hospital CEO, Saju George. “We’re fortunate our
team can be involved in the safe administration of these tests to help
as many people as possible.”
For more information and updates on Wayne County’s COVID-19 response
www.wayencounty.com or call 2-
1-1 or (734) 287-7873.
MEDIA EVENT INFORMATION
WHAT: Wayne County COVID-19 Save-A-Life Program Launch
WHEN: Tuesday, June 23, 2020
WHERE: Garden City Hospital (Under the Testing Tent)
6245 Inkster Rd, Garden City, MI 48135
WHO: Warren C. Evans, Wayne County Executive
Carol Austerberry, Wayne County Health Officer
Saju George, Regional CEO, Prime Healthcare Michigan Market
Osama Siblani, Garden City Chairman of the Board