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COVID-19 testing kits are available to 18 Michigan libraries in underserved areas, according to free at-home

COVID-19 testing kits are available to 18 Michigan libraries in underserved areas, according to free at-home

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 5,500 at-home COVID-19 testing kits were shipped this week to 18 libraries in underserved areas.

As part of a pilot project, tests will be available in the Calhoun, Newaygo, Oceana, Saginaw, and Wayne counties.

Each site received 300 single-test kits, and additional kits will be shipped to these sites as soon as possible, according to the state health department.

"We are continuing to try new ways to provide Michiganders with protection options to protect themselves against COVID-19," says Elizabeth Hertel, director of MDHHS. "Testing is an important tool to combat the spread of the virus, and we encourage residents to visit participating library locations to get their test kit."

Test kits are limited to one kit per person and five kits per household, both for the first time to those who arrive.

According to Deborah E. Mikula, the executive director of the Michigan Library Association, this will provide the libraries with a great opportunity to engage in distribution and pickup.

As the highly contagious omicron variant rises to new highs, transmission is significant, cases have increased to record levels, and hospitals statewide saw more COVID-19 patients this week than at any previous point in the epidemic.

Some testing sites have been opened, and although public health officials have claimed that they are a valuable tool and should be widely available at a low-cost program, these tests have been difficult to find and expensive, for some to purchase.

CONCERNS:

In the last seven days, about 33% of tests in Michigan have been positive for SARS-CoV-2. Before November, the state had never achieved 20% positiveness in the country.

COVIDtests.gov will provide consumers with a half billion free at-home tests starting Wednesday, January 19th.

During business hours, you may visit one of the following libraries to obtain a kit.

Calhoun County:

141 W. Main St., 141 W. Main St.

185 E. Fourth St.

105 E. Michigan St., 105 E.

105 E. Main St.

Newaygo County:

, 80 S. Division St.

1038 Wilcox Ave.

Oceana County:

, 415 S. State St.

The 402 E. Park St.

Wayne County:

5201 Woodward Ave.

8733 Vernor Highway, 8733

Joy Road, 18400, is located on the 18400 level.

, 12350 E. Outer Drive

1766 Oakman Blvd.

, 21200 Grand River

7140 East 7 Mile Road, 7140

, many locations

12303 Pardee Road, 12303

For more information, visit Community popup testing sites at Michigan.gov.

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