COVID-19 testing in Detroit expands to all essential workers

Posted at 4:44 AM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 17:38:27-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Starting Monday, April 20, all essential workers will be eligible to be tested for COVID-19 in Detroit.

Workers include those who work at grocery stores, restaurants or banks. Testing has mostly been prioritized for first responders or nursing home workers.

Mayor Mike Duggan said more than 2,000 essential workers have already been tested. Those who haven't can now receive a test at the drive-thru testing site at the State Fairgrounds without a prescription.

Over the weekend, the head of the U.S. coronavirus task force applauded Detroit's efforts to stop the spread.

"Detroit and the Mayor have really done an extraordinary job, and the people have done an extraordinary job with their social distancing," Dr. Deborah Birx said.

Those who show symptoms of the virus are still a priority, per Duggan. However, there are now enough tests; essential businesses can contact the city and then arrange for all of their workers to be tested at the fairgrounds without a prescription.

"I want every business in the city of Detroit to know ... that if you are an essential business ... we will test all of your employees," Duggan said.

Businesses need to call (313)-230-0505 to arrange for their workers to be tested at the site.

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