(WWJ) -- Struggling to find free, at-home COVID-19 tests? Look no further than your local library.
In order to help provide additional testing resources to underserved areas of the state, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is partnering with libraries across the state to offer the testing kits to Michiganders.
This week, nearly 5,500 test kits were shipped to 18 libraries across the state, including some in Detroit.
“We are continuing to find innovative ways to provide Michiganders with opportunities to protect themselves from COVID-19,” said Elizabeth Hertel, MDHHS director. “Testing is an important tool to limit the spread of the virus and we encourage residents to visit participating library locations to get their test kit.”
Each site received 300 COVID-19 at-home test kits that each include one test. Additional kits will be shipped to these sites as needed.
Across the state and country, demand for test kits is high, especially as Michigan experiences another wave of COVID-19 infections.
“With the proper protocols for distribution and pickup in place, we believe that this will be a great opportunity for libraries that want to participate to get involved as distribution points in their communities,” said Deborah E. Mikula, executive director of the Michigan Library Association. “Many of our libraries are ready to provide access to these test kits for our most vulnerable citizens and have been asking for some time how to get involved.”
Test kits are limited at each location and are available on a first come, first served basis. Michiganders are asked to take one kit per person, up to five per household.
To obtain a test kit in Wayne County, visit the following libraries during business hours:
• Detroit Public Library
5201 Woodward Avenue
• Detroit Public Library -- Campbell
8733 Vernor Highway
• Detroit Public Library -- Edison
18400 Joy Road
• Detroit Public Library -- Jefferson
12350 East Outer Drive
• Detroit Public Library -- Parkman
1766 Oakman Boulevard
• Detroit Public Library -- Redford
21200 Grand River
• Detroit Public Library -- Wilder
7140 East 7 Mile Road
• Detroit Mobile Library
• Taylor Community Library
12303 Pardee Road
More libraries will be added to the distribution in the coming weeks. Information will be posted here.
To find a testing site near you, click here.
In addition, community popup testing sites are listed here, which includes testing at welcome centers, airports and 22 neighborhood testing sites across the state.