COVID-19 Testing FAQ's


COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Sault Sainte Marie, MI – War Memorial Hospital answers frequently asked questions surrounding testing for coronavirus in our local community.

Q: Are tests being performed in Chippewa County?
A: Yes, however testing remains limited in our area, based on access to necessary supplies. Due to the nationwide shortage of testing supplies, such as swabs and reagent, the number of tests conducted at WMH remains limited and is based on the State of Michigan priorities.

Q: Who can get tested?
A: The State of Michigan has rolled back the restrictions on who can receive a COVID-19 test. However, a symptomatic individual may not be eligible to receive one if he or she does not meet testing criteria. At this time, we are only testing symptomatic individuals who have been assessed by a provider and meet criteria for priority testing. This may be opened in the future.

Q: When will more tests become available?
A: We anticipate testing capacity to increase by the end of May. WMH’s testing criteria states that individuals with mild symptoms will not be tested until there are ample testing supplies for the high priority categories (those who are hospitalized, healthcare facility workers with symptoms, and those with severe symptoms.) Our team has been working hard for months to secure these items for our community.

Q: I believe I’m experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. What should I do?
Please contact the WMH hotline. The provider staffed hotline can provide guidance - 906-632-5922, Monday-Friday, 10:00-5:00.
WMH also has a COVID-19 Evaluation Drive Thru available Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00 at our Nolte St. Entrance. Please call prior to arrival 906-253-2703.
(Note: The Evaluation Drive Thru is closed May 15 & 29.)

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