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More public libraries are providing free, at-home COVID-19 test kits

As Michiganders begin spring break travel, the state has expanded efforts to provide free, at-home COVID-19 test kits.

The state has partnered with more public libraries to hand out kits

As cases numbers trend downward, public health officials see this as a chance to focus even more attention on getting vaccination rates up and more tests into familiar community centers.

John Clexton is the director of the Gladwin County Public Library. He said test kits were hard to come by during the height of the omicron surge because pharmacies ran out of kits and people were confused how and where to get tested.

"I feel that it's our role to provide our community services what they need, and that just doesn't come in the form of books. It could even come in the form of COVID test kits," said Clexton.

More than 24,000 kits have been shipped to 70 public libraries across the state and are available on a first come, first serve basis with up to five kits per household

“COVID-19, you know, is it going to be gone next month or two years from now, we don't know," said Clexton. "But we do know that it's changed on what the community needs. We would rather have our patrons and our county be safe and take care of one of each other.”

Click HERE to see if your local public library is offering free, at-home COVID-19 test kits.

Rick Brewer is a general assignment reporter covering central and northern Michigan for WCMU Public Radio.
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