MDHHS partnering with libraries across the state to offer free at-home testing kits for Michiganders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 14, 2022
CONTACT: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112

LANSING, Mich. - To help provide additional testing resources to underserved areas of the state, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is partnering on a pilot project with libraries across the state to offer free, at-home testing kits for Michiganders.

"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."

This week, nearly 5,500 test kits were shipped to 18 libraries in Calhoun, Clare, Newaygo, Oceana and Saginaw counties and the City of Detroit. 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 and more libraries will be added to the distribution in the coming weeks. Information will be posted at Michigan.gov/coronavirus.

Demand for test kits is high across the state and country, especially as Michigan experiences another wave of COVID-19 infections. This initial distribution of tests to select library branches will inform MDHHS' approach to formalizing and sustaining the project going forward in partnership with the Michigan Library Association.

"This partnership is just one more tool to keep our school communities safe," said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, Michigan's chief medical executive. "Along with the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, mask wearing and social distancing, take-home testing allows Michiganders easy access to testing."  

"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, visit the following libraries during business hours.

County

City

Library

Address

Calhoun

Homer

Homer Public Library

141 West Main Street

Clare

Clare

Pere Marquette District Library

185 East Fourth Street

Clare

Farwell

Surrey Township Public Library

105 East Michigan Street

Clare

Harrison

Harrison District Library

105 East Main Street

Newaygo

Hesperia

Hesperia Community Library

80 South Division Street

Newaygo

White Cloud

White Cloud Community Library

1038 Wilcox Avenue

Oceana

Hart

Hart Area Public Library

415 South State Street

Oceana

Pentwater

Pentwater Township Library

402 East Park Street

 

Wayne

Detroit

Detroit Public Library

5201 Woodward Avenue

Wayne

Detroit

Detroit Public Library - Campbell

8733 Vernor Highway

Wayne

Detroit

Detroit Public Library - Edison

18400 Joy Road

Wayne

Detroit

Detroit Public Library - Jefferson

12350 East Outer Drive

Wayne

Detroit

Detroit Public Library - Parkman

1766 Oakman Boulevard

Wayne

Detroit

Detroit Public Library - Redford

21200 Grand River

Wayne

Detroit

Detroit Public Library - Wilder

7140 East 7 Mile Road

Wayne

Detroit

Detroit Mobile Library

Various locations

Wayne

Taylor

Taylor Community Library

12303 Pardee Road

The test kits are in addition to the MI Backpack Home Tests, a voluntary program, which parents, students and staff can sign up to take home COVID-19 test kits. MDHHS has provided nearly 175,000 kits to schools to distribute to participants.  

To help provide access to testing, in 2021:

  • Nearly 4.6 million rapid antigen tests were distributed by MDHHS to partners.
    • More than 2.6 million to schools and for school-based and sports-based testing.
    • Nearly 554,000 to Department of Corrections.
    • More than 912,000 to long-term care facilities.
  • In 2021, there have been 5,731 testing events at points of entry, community or neighborhood sites where 323,082 tests have been conducted.
  • We continue to work with Community Action Agencies across the state and have delivered more than 8,000 over-the-counter tests through this partnership.

To find a testing site near you, visit Search Results (solvhealth.com). In addition, community popup testing sites are listed at Coronavirus - Community Based Pop-Up Rapid Antigen Testing Events (michigan.gov), which includes testing at welcome centers, airports and 22 neighborhood testing sites across the state.

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