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Solv opens up COVID testing access to Michigan residents

Solv opens up COVID testing access to Michigan residents

We've learned a lot from managing over 1 million COVID test visits across the country since March. Managing volume matters. Efficient registration matters. People love firefighters. It’s imperative to support what’s needed to re-open the country, so when we had the opportunity to work with Michigan on addressing their ambitious COVID testing goals of creating a go-to online testing website and increasing statewide testing capacity, we knew we could help.

Weekly COVID and antibody tests managed by Solv since the beginning of the pandemic

Today, we’re proud to announce our innovative partnership with the State of Michigan to power online registration for neighborhood testing sites in an effort to dramatically expand the state’s testing capabilities in communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The State of Michigan has seen more than 100,000 COVID cases since the pandemic began in March and while new cases have plateaued in the state in recent weeks, Michigan continues to work aggressively to introduce new solutions to support a comprehensive statewide testing strategy that remains central to Michigan reopening safely.

“Expanding access to testing will help us protect ourselves, our families, and the brave men and women on the front lines of this crisis. That’s why it’s so important that MDHHS is leading the charge to enable widespread testing across the great state of Michigan, using Solv’s innovative technology,” said Michigan Governor Gretchen Witmer. “Our goal is to remove as many barriers as possible to ensure COVID-19 testing is accessible for all Michiganders. Solv provides a comprehensive solution to COVID testing which is essential as we work toward that goal and prepare for flu season.”

The first batch of neighborhood testing sites are now live and we’ll be launching more over the coming weeks. These neighborhood sites bring the capacity to do up to 4,000 COVID-19 tests per day into communities across the state such as Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Warren, and many more–including to areas where people may not have previously had a convenient or free testing option available during this critical time. In addition to the neighborhood site, more than 330 testing sites across the state–ranging from retail pharmacies, urgent care clinics, health systems, dedicated testing pop-up sites, and state sponsored sites– will have the option to use the Solv platform. We’ll bring on additional testing capacity over the coming weeks and into the fall.

“Cities and states are facing a difficult challenge of making COVID testing easy and accessible for all of their communities,” said Heather Fernandez, co-founder and CEO of Solv. “Our technology and partnerships with Michigan and other cities and states across the country serve as an example for how a community can scale testing, improve contact tracing capabilities, and provide broad-based testing access to their residents. Our team is acutely focused on helping communities understand the rapidly changing COVID-19 landscape and providing technology and best practices to contain the outbreak.”

Solv’s software furthers Michigan's goal of giving residents streamlined access to schedule tests, especially at neighborhood sites which promise no costs to residents.

Solv’s partnership with the State of Michigan is complementary to Solv’s partnerships with other cities and states to scale their COVID testing programs. Solv has managed over 1M COVID tests through its platform since the pandemic began in March. Government organizations interested in a conversation with the COVID testing team at Solv can reach out to covid19@solvhealth.com.

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