Here we go again: Detroit reopens drive-through Covid tests for residents

January 06, 2022, 8:55 AM

The drive-through Covid-19 testing at the former Michigan State Fairgrounds in the summer of 2020 was an early success of the pandemic, offering fast, efficient and free diagnostic tests to Detroit residents and workers. 

Drive-through Covid testing in 2020 (File photo)

The site closed with the onset of cold weather, and testing moved to the Joseph Walker Williams Community Center on the west side, with walk-in tests by appointment. 

With the explosion in case numbers with the omicron variant, Mayor Mike Duggan announced the reopening of drive-through testing, starting next week. 

The Detroit News reports:

The Joseph Walker Williams Center, located at 8431 Rosa Parks Blvd., is open with PCR testing from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tests are being administered indoors this week, but the center will be converted to a drive-thru next week. 

Duggan said the Huntington Place convention center is being reactivated as a drive-thru testing center providing antigen tests from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The city expects to operate with 1,000 appointments daily between the two sites.

The soonest appointments available on Wednesday afternoon were on Friday at both centers.

(If you've been asleep for a while, the Huntington Center is the former TCF Center, which was the former Cobo Center.)

Also, 8,000 rapid tests have been distributed to nursing homes and homeless shelters. 

For now, the testing centers will only be open to city residents or those who work there. Call (313) 230-0505 for an appointment. 

Read more:  The Detroit News

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