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Concerns over COVID-19 are prompting a new wave of testing in Metro Detroit


Concerns over COVID-19 are prompting a new wave of testing in Metro Detroit, while Omicron is driving the trend.

In the final days of 2021, Michigan reported a new record for daily coronavirus cases. That trend has continued into the new year. Detroit health officials are providing free tests for residents and city workers at the Joseph Walker Williams Community Center on Rosa Park Boulevard. Vaccines are free at many sites and can be delivered at home. Chief Operating Officer Hakim Berry says the demand for tests in the city has gone up 10-fold since omicron was first detected.

“Just when we think we got it solved, we’re back at the front line again.”

State health officials say the bulk of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths last year were among the unvaccinated, and those who have not received additional boosters. Most people living in Detroit are not vaccinated. More than 27-thousand people have died from COVID-19 in Michigan.

Eli Newman is a Reporter/Producer for 101.9 WDET, covering breaking news, politics and community affairs. Newman is an award-winning radio journalist and was named the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Broadcast Rising Star in 2017. His work has appeared on NPR, Marketplace and the Detroit Free Press among others. Newman joined WDET as a newsroom intern in 2014 and is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he first worked in radio at the student-run station WCBN.