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COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing

Save-A-Life drive thru COVID-19 testing will be closed on Thursday, November 26 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

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 testing to Wayne County. The program at Garden City Hospital currently provides COVID-19 drive-up diagnostic testing for Wayne County employees and residents 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 Testing

Garden City Hospital
Located near the entrance of 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 the end of 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. If you are in line and would like to exit the line, please call 734-458-4330 for assistance.

Please visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GardenCityHospital/ for COVID-19 drive thru updates.

Save-A-Life Program FAQ

How does the drive-thru testing work?

Drive-thru testing at Garden City Hospital offers nasal swab testing for COVID-19 to determine current COVID-19 infection. The test is done in your vehicle in the drive-thru, so you never have to leave your vehicle.

Who is eligible for drive-thru testing?

Testing is eligible for all residents of Wayne County and those employed by 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 5-6 days.

Please note: There are no guaranteed turnaround times within the 5-6-day period for COVID-19 drive thru 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 do I get results for my child who is under 18?

Currently, only patients 18 and over can receive their COVID-19 results through the Patient Portal. To retrieve results for your child who is under 18 and has been tested for COVID-19 through our drive-thru, please call our Patient Portal line at 734-458-4363 and our Medical Records department will coordinate with you on the best way to receive your child's results. Results may be delivered by mail or faxed to your child's primary care doctor. Results will not be delivered over the phone or through email.

How much does it cost?

Patients with health insurance should not have any out-of-pocket costs, but should check with their health plan to confirm prior to testing. Please bring health insurance card.

Uninsured individuals in the U.S. without health care coverage are eligible for zero cost under the HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program. Please bring, state identification /driver’s license, and/or social security number if available.

Do you offer rapid testing?

We do not offer rapid testing in the drive thru. Garden City Hospital offers the molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to detect current infection.

What is the difference between a COVID-19 nasal swab and antibody test?

At this time, we are only offering the COVID-19 nasal swab test in the drive thru. The COVID-19 nasal swab test will detect if you are currently infected with COVID-19. An IgG antibody blood test will determine whether you were infected with COVID-19 in the past and have built up antibodies. The American Red Cross offers antibody testing at a variety of locations in our area. To find a site near you and to schedule an appointment, click here. 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.

If you have any further questions, please call 734-747-0771 between business hours of 8:00 am-4:00 pm, M-F, or email questions to gchsocial@primehealthcare.com. For questions during after hours or weekends, please call 734-458-3300.