Mayor Announces Expansion of Free COVID-19 Testing
Beginning May 14, any Detroit resident 60 years or older can get a free COVID-19 test at the State Fairgrounds. Mayor Mike Duggan announced the expansion at his briefing today.
Residents will need to make an appointment and have identification when they arrive for the test. However, they won’t need a doctor’s prescription.
Testing is being expanded based on data showing that individuals 60 and older make up 84 percent of COVID-19 deaths in Detroit, the Mayor said.
Residents should call (313) 230-0505 to schedule an appointment. For Identification, residents can use:
The Mayor indicated that free testing will be extended to individuals in other age groups in the future.
New Testing Policy for City of Detroit Employees
The Mayor also announced that City of Detroit employees who test positive for COVID-19 can now have members of their household tested for the virus for free.
Health Department to Conduct Testing at 70 Locations
The Detroit Health Department (DHD) this week began its citywide testing of senior citizens and has completed testing in 10 buildings, said Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair at the Mayor’s briefing May 13.
The testing is part of the Health Department’s strategy to identify senior citizens who have contracted COVID-19. Data shows that the senior population is most at risk when contracting the virus.
The Health Department is targeting 70 locations with confirmed COVID-19 cases and plans to test 8000 residents over the next five weeks. In addition, DHD will provide personal protective equipment and educate residents and staff on infection prevention measures.
DHD is working with Henry Ford Health System and Detroit emergency medical technicians to conduct the tests.
Detroit Economic Growth Corporation Awards $4 Million to 754 Detroit Small Businesses
Mayor Duggan is joined by DEGC President and CEO Kevin Johnson and Espy Thomas, owner of Sweet Potato Sensations, at his COVID-19 briefing May 13.
A total of 754 small businesses in Detroit are receiving $4 million through a relief fund with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) and the City of Detroit. DEGC President and CEO Kevin Johnson gave an update May 13 on the program announced in April to help small businesses survive the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
More than 1,700 applications were submitted, and recipients received grants ranging from $2,500 – $10,000, Johnson said. To qualify, businesses had to be Detroit based, in operation for at least a year, have fewer than 50 employees, and show proof of financial hardship as a direct impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
DEGC continues to process applications to ensure all funds are dispersed to business owners by the end of the month.
Taking part in the Mayor’s briefing were Tara Young, owner of 44 Burrito, and Espy Thomas, co-owner of Sweet Potato Sensations. Both owners received grants through the DEGC small business relief fund, which allowed them to operate on a pickup and delivery basis.
For a complete list of recipients, click here.
COVID-19 Testing Continues at Michigan State Fairgrounds, City Offers Detroiters Access to Doctors and $2 Rides
Free Testing Still Available for Detroiters
Free testing is still available for Detroiters with COVID-19 symptoms and essential workers at the State Fairgrounds.
Detroiters with COVID-19 Symptoms
Detroit physician offices are accepting new patients for Detroiters without insurance or a primary care physician. Once a person has a doctor’s prescription and appointment time, they can get a ride for $2 to the State Fairgrounds in a safe, sanitary vehicle through IntelliRide.
Business owners providing essential services can call (313) 230-0505, register their company and receive an access code. Their employees then should call (313) 230-0505 anytime between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday – Sunday and provide the code to schedule a test. These employees will not need a doctor’s prescription for the test, and do not have to be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
The free testing will continue at the Fairgrounds with as many as 2000 tests being administered daily.
For more information on how to get an appointment for COVID-19 testing at the State Fairgrounds, go to detroitmi.gov/coronavirus.
Violators of the Governor’s executive orders to stay home, practice physical distancing and avoid public gatherings