Spring break travelers should get tested for COVID-19, Whitmer and health department say


Beachgoers take advantage of the weather as they spend time on Clearwater Beach Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Clearwater, Fla., a popular spring break destination, west of Tampa. Colleges around the U.S. are scaling back spring break or canceling it entirely to discourage beachfront partying that could raise infection rates back on campus. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Lansing, Mich. (WLNS) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are urging Michiganders to get tested for COVID-19 upon returning from Spring Break.

Students and families traveling across Michigan, to other states or out of the country risk being exposed to and carrying COVID-19 with them. As a result, this could fuel outbreaks within their households and the communities where they live or visit.  

In efforts to make testing easier for travelers, the state is offering 37 pop-up sites located throughout Michigan as part of the special testing program.   

“Brighter days are ahead with vaccinations being available to all Michiganders as of April 5, however, there are still critical efforts we must take to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Whitmer in a press release. “COVID-19 remains a threat to our families and communities, and we encourage Michiganders to get tested for COVID-19 and are making it easier through these additional testing pop-up sites throughout the state. As always, every Michigander has a personal responsibility to do their part by wearing a mask, washing hands and maintaining social distancing to help us slow the spread of this virus.” 

“Michiganders should get tested one to three days before travel,” said Elizabeth Hertel, MDHHS director in a press release. “Do not travel if you test positive. Check travel restrictions before leaving, especially information about the spread of new variants of COVID-19 where you intend on visiting.” 

Michiganders should also continue to wear a mask over their nose and mouth in public settings, avoid crowds and maintain social distancing of at least six feet from anyone they did not travel with. It is also suggested that they carry hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol in case washing their hands with soap and water is not readily available. For more travel tips, visit Michigan.gov/coronavirus.  

Additionally, it is recommended that those who travel get tested three to five days after their trip and stay home and self-quarantine during this time period. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.    

For more information on additional test sites, visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirustest. 

View a full list of pop-up testing sites below: 

April 3 

  • Gratiot Isabella ISD, Alma Middle School, 1700 Pine Ave., Alma, 12-6 p.m. 
  • Woodhaven-Brownstown Schools, Brownstown Middle School, 20135 Inkster Road, Romulus, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • Clare-Gladwin RESD, 4041 E. Mannsiding Rd., Clare, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • Shiawassee ISD, Corunna Public School Trans, 453 E. McArthur, Corunna, Noon to 6 p.m. 
  • Plymouth Canton Schools, Plymouth HS, 8400 N. Beck Road, Canton, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  
  • Livonia Public Schools, Stevenson High School, 33500 W. Six Mile Rd., Livonia, Noon to 7 p.m. 
  • Washtenaw ISD, 1819 S. Wagner, Ann Arbor, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

April 4 

  • Alcona Community Schools, Alcona High School, 51 N. Barlow, Lincoln, Noon to 6 p.m. 
  • Mt. Pleasant Public Schools, Mt. Pleasant High School, 1155 S. Elizabeth St., Mt. Pleasant, Noon to 6 p.m. 
  • Northville Public Schools, Northville High School, 45700 Six Mile Rd., Northville, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  
  • Plymouth Canton Schools, Plymouth HS, 8400 N. Beck Rd., Canton, Noon to 7 p.m. 
  • Port Huron School District, Port Huron High School, 2215 Court St., Port Huron, Noon to 6 p.m. 

April 5 

  • Bay Arenac ISD, 4228 2 Mile Rd, Bay City, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • Dearborn City Schools, Edsel Ford High School, 20601 Rotunda Dr., Dearborn, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Iosco RESA, Iosco RESA Adm Bldg, 27 N. Rempert Rd., Tawas City, Noon to 6 p.m. 
  • Dickinson-Iron ISD, Kingsford High School, 431 Hamilton Ave., Kingsford, Noon to 6 p.m. 
  • Marquette Alger ISD, Marquette High School, 1203 W. Fair Ave., Marquette, Noon to 6 p.m. 
  • C.O.O.R. ISD (Roscommon), Roscommon High School, 10600 Oakwood Dr., Roscommon, Noon to 6 p.m. 
  • St. Ignace Schools, St. Ignace LaSalle High School, 443 Portage St., St. Ignace, Noon to 6 p.m. 
  • Traverse City Area Public Schools, Traverse City High School, 1150 Milliken Dr., Traverse City, Noon to 7 p.m. 
  • Wayne ISD, Wayne RESA Adm., 33500 Van Born Rd., Wayne, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • Woodhaven-Brownstown Schools, Woodhaven High School, 24787 Van Horn Road Brownstown Township, Noon to 6 p.m. 

April 6 

  • Rochester Community Schools, Rochester Community School Admin Building, 501 W. University Dr., Rochester, Noon to 6 p.m. 

April 7 

  • Mt. Pleasant Public Schools, Mt. Pleasant High School, 1155 S. Elizabeth St., Mt. Pleasant, Noon to 6 p.m. 
  • Bay Arenac ISD, 4228 2 Mile Rd, Bay City, 2-6 p.m. 
  • Wayne ISD, Wayne RESA Adm., 33500 Van Born Rd., Wayne, Noon to 6 p.m. 

April 8 

  • East China School District, St. Clair High School, 2200 Clinton Ave., St. Clair,  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

April 9 

  • Yale Public Schools (St. Clair ISD), Yale High School, 247 School Dr., Yale, Noon to 6 p.m. 

April 10 

  • Dundee Community Schools, Dundee High School, 130 Viking Dr., Dundee, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • Lansing Schools, Gardner International Academy, 333 Dahlia Dr., Lansing, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • Houghton Schools, Houghton High School, 1063 Gundlach Ave., Houghton, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

April 11 

  • Lenawee Co Schools, Adrian High School, 785 Riverside Ave., Adrian, Noon to 6 p.m. 
  • Newaygo Co RESA, 4747 W. 48th St., Fremont, Noon to 6 p.m. 
  • Ingham ISD, Wilson Talent Center, 611 Hagadorn Road, Mason, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

April 13 

  • Lansing Schools, Eastern High School, 626 Marshall St., Lansing, Noon to 6 p.m. 

April 14 

  • Ingham ISD, Thorburn Education Center, 2630 Howell Rd., Mason, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

April 15 

  • Lenawee Co Schools, Adrian High School, 785 Riverside Ave., Adrian, 2-7 p.m. 

For the latest information on Michigan’s response to COVID-19, please visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus. You may also call the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136, or email mailto:COVID-19@michigan.gov

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