Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan speaks at a past press conference in Detroit.
A sharp rise in COVID-19 cases statewide caused by the omicron variant is creating a change in processes in the city of Detroit, Mayor Mike Duggan announced during a Wednesday, January 5 press conference.
“We are providing 1,000 free rapid COVID-19 tests per day to help Detroiters stay safe,” said Duggan. “We are streamlining the testing process, to make it fast and efficient, so Detroiters who make an appointment can get in and out of either location in under an hour.”
The City of Detroit is expanding its capacity for COVID-19 rapid testing to 1,000 appointments per day with the addition of a second location, TCF/Huntington Place (One Washington Blvd.), for those who live or work in Detroit. TCF/Huntington Place is open for rapid antigen testing Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM.
Rapid molecular tests continue to be available at the City’s Joseph Walker Williams Rec Center site (8431 Rosa Parks Blvd.), from Monday – Friday, 7 AM – 4:30 PM.
Appointments are required for testing at both sites and may be scheduled by calling 313-230-0505.
“We are providing Detroiters with every means available to help protect them against COVID-19, and now more than an ever, that includes getting vaccinated and getting a booster for those who are due,” said Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair Razo. “The Omicron variant is highly contagious. It is vitally important that everyone who is eligible stay protected by getting vaccinated and boosted, and continue to take all the safety precautions that we know are effective at slowing the spread. That means social distancing, wearing a surgical or K-N95 mask that offers an added layer of protection, washing hands and avoiding large crowds.”
The Detroit Health Department also is offering new guidance on masks: K-N95 and 3-ply paper masks (commonly known as surgical masks and readily available) offer a higher level of protection than cloth or fashion masks against the highly contagious Omicron variant, because fabric masks hold moisture which can transmit virus particles rather than act as a barrier.
The City of Detroit is offering vaccinations to everyone ages five and older, plus boosters to everyone ages 16 and older, at locations across the City that offer drive-through, extended hours and Saturdays. Walk-ins are welcome at most locations (except for pediatric vaccinations). For details or to make an appointment at any location, call 313-230-0505.
Detroiters also may text their address to (313) 217-3732 to find the location and type of vaccine offered nearest them or visit: www.detroitmi.gov/health, or call (313) 230-0505.