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Whitmer: People can get virus test without doctor's note

Doctor with stethoscope photo
Alex Proimos via Wikimedia | CC BY 2.0

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered that people who leave their home for work or those who have coronavirus symptoms can be tested without needing a doctor's note. Tuesday's move is the latest bid to expand COVID-19 testing, which is seen as a critical to slowing the virus. Previously, most people needed an order from a health care provider, though a site at the old state fairgrounds in Detroit provides tests to anyone, even without a note or symptoms. Also Tuesday, a Detroit-area hospital network said it had under 100 COVID-19 patients for the first time in more than two months.