The Mass Transportation Authority announced May 28 it would offer rides for asymptomatic individuals seeking COVID-19 testing.
There are at least 14 testing locations throughout Genesee County. Again this weekend, free testing will be offered for city of Flint residents both Saturday and Sunday through a special partnership from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 30 and 31 at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. The state of Michigan-through Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, state Rep. Cynthia Neeley and the Michigan National Guard-is joining forces with the city of Flint and Genesee County Health Department to make this testing opportunity possible for the second weekend in a row.
“Partnerships like these are what make our community strong,” Mayor Sheldon Neeley said.
MTA relaunched its fixed-route buses on May 18 and has instituted additional safety precautions throughout its service operations. Vehicles are being sanitized and all drivers are equipped with protective equipment. Passengers also are required to wear a mask. One will be provided if they do not have one.
“We know access to transportation is a major hurdle for many in our community,” said Ed Benning, general manager of the Mass Transportation Authority.
“As more testing becomes available, we want to help our community to be able to access those services,” Benning added.
Rides to testing locations are provided by MTA only for those who are not ill. Rides are being offered to testing locations countywide. Call 810-767-5541 (east Flint) or 810-233-4751 (west Flint) to reserve a ride. Regular fare rates will apply. (For contact information for all Your Ride locations countywide, go to www.mtaflint.org/your-ride.html)
Individuals who are sick should seek treatment through their physician or call 911 for assistance.
Testing will be conducted by Michigan National Guard soldiers who are medically trained. Individuals will be notified of their test results from the Genesee County Health Department.
“MTA is committed to the well-being of this entire community,” said Bryant Nolden, chair of the MTA board of directors and a county commissioner.
“I am thankful for the hard work and dedication of all MTA employees to help make this happen,” Nolden added.
Shiloh MBC is located at 2120 N. Saginaw St., but those seeking testing should approach from North Street to the East Hamilton Avenue entrance. Individuals will stay in their vehicles throughout the procedure and exit at Newall Street.