DETROIT (WXYZ) — Detroit is expanding testing at the Michigan State Fairgrounds to include all Detroiters who are 60-years-old and older.
Mayor Duggan announced the expansion during his Wednesday afternoon news conference. Duggan says of the 78 Detroiters who have died of COVID-19 since the beginning of May, only 2 residents have been under the age of 50. He also said another 10 were between 50 and 59-years-old.
Duggan says 84% of those who died of COVID-19 during May have been age 60 or over.
With the expansion of testing, those 60 and older can get a test free, with no prescription. Duggan says they can call 313-230-0505 to arrange a test as soon as tomorrow. If you don't have a ride, you can make arrangements to be picked up in one of the specially equipped vans provided by Honda. It will cost just $2. If you cannot afford the $2 fee, you can still request a ride and you will be taken to get a test.
You will need proof of residency to get the test.
Duggan says this is just the first step to expand testing to everyone in the city. He says the next step will be to expand it to everyone 50-years-old or older. The expansion will then continue until everyone in the city can be tested.
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