Family Health Care Expands Testing
With the increase in testing supplies, Family Health Care is now able to offer more testing to the public for COVID-19. Testing is available at the main clinics in Baldwin, Cadillac, Grant and White Cloud. Those seeking testing must call ahead and make an appointment.
Family Health Care is able to offer two types of testing. PCR testing is a nasal swab inserted deep into the nasal cavity to see if any COVID-19 genetic material can be identified (the specimen is sent to a lab for testing). The second type of test is the IgG Antibody test which is a blood test that shows if your body has been exposed to COVID-19, mounted an immune response, and produced antibodies against the virus.
“We are excited to have the ability to provide more testing to individuals who think they may have COVID-19 or had an illness this spring that they think may have been COVID-19,” said Dr. Jocelyn Pouliot. “Whether a test returns positive or negative for COVID-19, everyone should continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing.”
Those seeking COVID-19 testing should call the offices closest to them to schedule an appointment. Anyone coming to a FHC health center will be required to wear a face mask (cloth masks are acceptable). For COVID-19 testing, FHC has established a Fast Track area in the health center which is designated for those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and receiving testing and a separate area for those who are asymptomatic but need testing. .
If you have had significant exposure to someone with confirmed COVID-19, you should remain quarantined for 14 days to ensure you don't develop any symptoms and infect others. While this testing is state-of-the-art for COVID- 19, this virus is very tricky and cannot guarantee someone is not contagious.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the location nearest you by visiting familyhealthcare.org/locations.