Free COVID-19 home tests are now available at select Metro Detroit library departments

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  • A home COVID-19 test.

If you’re looking for a COVID-19 test at home in downtown Detroit, check out your local library. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has teamed up with select libraries across the state to distribute home test kits for free.

Tests can be found at the Detroit Public Library Main Branch, Redford Branch and more.

“With the right distribution and collection protocols in place, we believe this will be a great opportunity for libraries looking to participate to become involved as distribution sites in their communities,” said Deborah E. Mikula, CEO of Michigan. Library Association, says in a press release. “Many of our libraries are ready to provide access to these test kits to our most vulnerable citizens and have for some time been asking how to get involved.”

Nearly 5,500 tests have been distributed to 18 wards in Saginaw, Wayne, Clare, Calhoun, Newaygo and Oceana counties this week, and more are to follow. Additional branches are expected to be added as distribution centers in the coming weeks.

Each department has received 300 home sets, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors are asked to take only one set per person, up to five per household.

Homesets are a welcome resource as the omicron rises above Michigan, which has caused the closure of several restaurants and bars since the holiday season. These days, you’re lucky if you’ve not tested positive for COVID-19, and that’s if you can get an appointment at all, with test centers booked weeks out.

As long as you are not traveling internationally or going to a concert in a place where a PCR test is required, a home test should do the trick to confirm your status before meeting with friends.

Tests are available during opening hours in the branches below.

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