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Detroit Expands COVID-19 Testing to All City Residents

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Detroiters can get tested at the former Michigan State Fairgrounds starting Wednesday.

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Detroit is expanding testing for COVID-19 to all residents starting Wednesday.

The city had been focusing on essential workers and residents over 60-years-old at its drive-thru testing site at the former Michigan State Fairgrounds. Health officials are waiving the need for a doctor’s prescription and are requiring scheduled appointments before entry.

Testing is now available for all, so again, take advantage of this opportunity.” — Denise Fair, City of Detroit

I encourage all residents to take advantage of this,” says Detroit’s Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair. “Testing is now available for all, so again, take advantage of this opportunity.”

Mayor Mike Duggan says Quicken Loans is providing rides for those without transportation.

They’ll arrange for a van to take you there. The fare is two dollars,” says Duggan. “If you don’t have the two dollars, they’ll take you anyways.”

Duggan says Detroiters will need to show proof of residency through documents like a personal ID, pay stub or utility bill as the testing does not cover people living in Detroit’s suburbs.

The Detroit Health Department is reporting more than 10,390 cases of COVID-19, and over 1,260 deaths.

The testing site at the former Michigan State Fairgrounds is open Monday through Sunday, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Health officials are instructing residents to call (313) 230-0505 before arriving.

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Eli Newman, Reporter/Producer

Eli Newman is a Reporter/Producer for 101.9 WDET, covering breaking news, politics and community affairs. His favorite Motown track is “It’s The Same Old Song” by the Four Tops.

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