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Mid-Michigan libraries passing out at-home COVID-19 test kits

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MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) - Several public libraries in Mid-Michigan are joining the fight against COVID-19.

Libraries in Clare County and Saginaw are among a select number across Michigan to offer at-home COVID-19 test kits at no charge for patrons.

The Hoyt Public Library in Saginaw, Pere Marquette District Library in Clare, Surrey Township Public Library in Farwell and Harrison District Library each received 300 kits with a single COVID-19 test to distribute.

Fourteen other libraries in Calhoun, Newaygo, Oceana and Wayne counties also are taking part in the program.

Kits are available during each library's hours of operation on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of one per person and five per household.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will send each library more test kits as needed. More libraries are expected to join the program and distribute COVID-19 tests.

“We are continuing to find innovative ways to provide Michiganders with opportunities to protect themselves from COVID-19,” said Elizabeth Hertel, director of the state health department. “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.”

State health officials say demand for COVID-19 testing remains high as Michigan sets records for new cases of the illness and hospitalizations.

“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. 

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