COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing

Save-A-Life Program

The Save-A-Life Program is a collaboration between Wayne County Public Health Division and Garden City Hospital to bring further COVID-19 and antibody serology testing to Wayne County and identify more individuals for plasma donation to help those critically impacted by the disease. The program provides both COVID-19 drive-up diagnostic and IgG antibody testing for Wayne County employees, residents and the general public with no out-of-pocket cost or pre-scheduled appointment needed. Funding is made possible through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Save-A-Life Drive-Thru COVID-19 and Antibody Testing

Garden City Hospital
Located in the tent near the Medical Office Building
6255 Inkster Road Garden City, MI 48135

Monday - Friday

7:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Please have your I.D. or driver's license and insurance card (if you have one) ready when you arrive.

Testing is planned to run until December 2020.

Due to large volumes, you may experience longer than normal wait times. If you have never been seen at Garden City Hospital before, please allow for up to 15 minutes for the registration process. Your patience is greatly appreciated during this time. Please do not block traffic on Inkster Road. Testing associated with the Save-A-Life program is not available as an outpatient service inside the hospital. Please remain in your car and go through the drive-thru. If you are experiencing difficulty breathing or other symptoms, please visit the Emergency Room immediately.

Please note the COVID-19 drive-thru may be closed during extreme weather conditions, such as lightning. Please visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GardenCityHospital/ for updates.

Save-A-Life Program FAQ

How does the drive-thru testing work?

Drive-thru testing at Garden City Hospital offers both nasal swab testing for COVID-19 and the IgG blood test to determine if COVID-19 antibodies are present. Both tests are done in your vehicle in the drive-thru tent, so you never have to leave your vehicle.

Who is eligible for drive-thru testing?

Testing is eligible for all employees and residents of Wayne County. Adults and children may be tested. There are no age restrictions for children.

Do I need to have symptoms to get tested?

You do not need to show symptoms or have confirmation of recovery from COVID-19 to get tested. If you are experiencing serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing or chest pain, please visit the Emergency Room immediately.

Do I need an appointment?

You do not need an appointment to go through the drive-thru and no pre-registration is required. You will be asked to register when you drive up. Please have your I.D. / driver's license and insurance information (if you have insurance) ready when it's your turn.

Do I need a prescription from my doctor?

You do not need a prescription or referral from your doctor to go through the drive-thru.

When and how will I get my results?

When you are registered for your test, you will also be set up in our online Patient Portal, GCHHealth, to receive your results. You may learn more about our Patient Portal at https://www.gch.org/Patients-Visitors/My-Chart-Patient-Portal.aspx. Results for the COVID-19 nasal swab test are typically delivered within 3 business days. Results for the IgG antibody test are delivered within 24 hours.

Please note: There are no guaranteed turnaround times within the 3 business-day period for COVID-19 results and we are not able to prioritize results for any drive-thru COVID-19 tests at this time (including for travel requirements). Exceptions apply for surgery patients and symptomatic patients tested through our emergency room. Your patience is appreciated.

Please verify your information during drive-thru registration. Accuracy of this information will ensure the successful delivery of your results and will help eliminate any issues.

How much does it cost?

There is no direct costs for either the COVID-19 swab or antibody test and co-pays are waved. If you have insurance, your insurance will be billed but you will not have any out-of-pocket expenses. If you do not have insurance, the cost will be covered.

What is the difference between the two tests?

You have the option to get either the COVID-19 nasal swab test or the IgG antibody test, or both, in the drive-thru. The COVID-19 nasal swab test will detect if you are currently infected with COVID-19. The IgG antibody blood test will determine whether you were infected with COVID-19 in the past and have built up antibodies. To learn more about IgG antibodies, click here.

What if I test positive for COVID-19?

If you test positive for COVID-19, a Garden City Hospital physician will contact you about the next steps. If you develop serious symptoms, please visit the Emergency Room immediately. Garden City Hospital ER has extra precautions in place to keep you and others safe.

What if I test positive for COVID-19 antibodies?

The Save-A-Life program is aimed at identifying individuals with positive antibodies of COVID-19 to potentially save someone who is in critical condition from the disease. If you test positive for COVID-19 antibodies, you are eligible to donate blood plasma. Garden City Hospital will provide you with information on donating plasma through the American Red Cross. You may also sign up to donate plasma on the American Red Cross website. This cost will also be covered by the program.
If you have any further questions, please call 734-747-0771 between business hours of 8:00 am-5:00 pm or email questions to gchsocial@primehealthcare.com.