**UPDATE: As of Monday, May 18, the mobile testing unit has moved to the grounds of the SAY Detroit Play Center at Lipke Park (19320 Van Dyke Ave, Detroit, MI 48234) in order to fulfill needs-based testing for the Osborn neighborhood.
The site will be closed on Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day
A new, free Covid-19 mobile testing center opened to the public on Tuesday, April 28th on the grounds adjacent to the SAY Detroit Family Clinic in Highland Park, MI. The testing center is the result of a collaborative effort led by SAY Detroit and made possible with the experience and resources of Dr. Chad Audi (Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries), Dr. Richard Keidan (EVO Detroit / Detroit2Nepal Foundation), Tawana Nettles-Robinson (Trinity Health, which manages the SAY Clinic), and Michigan Healthcare Professionals. Vibra Health Lab in Troy is overseeing the lab work.
The first testing site in the Highland Park area is one of six focused responses to needs created or exacerbated by the pandemic in an effort by SAY Detroit called “Detroit Beats Covid-19!” The center will be open three days per week for nasal (or nasopharyngeal) swab testing. Patients are accepted by vehicle and by foot, and results are typically available within 24 – 48 hours (but may take up to 14 days). Specific details for patients about availability and access to the testing center are available below.
The Highland Park neighborhood is a particularly underserved area of Metro Detroit. SAY Detroit’s Family Health Clinic is part of a “mutual aid” collective of nonprofits in the area – including Buckets of Rain, The Avalon Village, and EVO Detroit – pooling energies and talents to connect their efforts and reach more people. The free testing center enables community members to overcome many of the common barriers that diminish access to care: testing is free and available to patients without doctor referrals, without insurance, and without vehicles. The initial testing phase is prioritizing efforts toward local residents before expanding access to the larger Metro Detroit area.
How to get tested at the SAY Detroit Covid-19 Mobile Test Center
The center is currently open Monday, Tuesday from 9AM – 5PM and Friday from 9AM – 12PM at the
SAY Detroit Family Health Clinic, located at 211 Greendale Ave, Highland Park, MI. Click here for a map and directions. SAY Detroit Play Center at Lipke Park, located at 19320 Van Dyke Ave, Detroit, MI 48234 (Van Dyke and Seven Mile). Click here for a map and directions.
***Please note we may close early on scheduled days due to the limited availability of testing kits.
We suggest calling (313) 758-6100 if later in the day before your arrival to determine if the center is able to see you that day.
How do I qualify for a test?
Testing is available for adults aged 18 and over who display symptoms. Clinic staff will screen patients upon arrival to determine if testing is appropriate.
How do I prepare for a test?
Identification / Contact Information
Please bring with you a state ID or city of Detroit ID. Please bring your mobile phone or have a telephone number to provide to staff if you do not have your own so you can be contacted with results or other necessary follow up.
Personal Protective Wear
To help protect yourself and medical personnel, please arrive wearing a mask or other face covering such as a scarf or bandana covering your mouth and nose. If you access the testing in a vehicle, ALL occupants must be wearing a mask as well. If you do not arrive wearing a mask, a handmade mask from volunteers at the Hospital Mask Task Force! may be supplied to you.
When You Arrive
Waiting areas before and after testing procedure are designated by signs and bright orange cones. When you arrive by vehicle, please stay in your car with windows rolled up until you are directed to drive up and roll down windows by staff. If you approach on foot, please follow instructions provided by signs and staff regarding safe social distancing.
Before you receive a nasal swab test, you will be screened by staff who will take your temperature, measure your blood oxygen level, and discuss your symptoms. The procedure takes approximately 10 minutes to complete in full.
When do I get my results?
Results are available within 2 – 14 days. You will receive your results by telephone at the number you provided at the time of testing.
Please note we are not providing return to work letters at this time.
Mobile Test Center at SAY Detroit Play Center:
Mobile Test Center at SAY Detroit Clnic: