Kalamazoo Public Library offering free at-home COVID-19 test kits

KALAMAZOO, MI — Kalamazoo Public Library’s central branch is offering free at home COVID-19 tests while supplies last.

The library on 315 S. Rose St. is partnering with Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to offer the tests to Michiganders while supplies last.

“Individuals and families should consider seeking out COVID-19 at-home test kits if they are considered more vulnerable to severe health outcomes from contracting COVID-19 or live, work, and socialize in group settings,” the MDHHS website reads.

Each box contains two rapid tests. The tests are being offered one per individual or five per household on a first come first serve basis. A library card is not required to receive a test.

In January roughly 5,500 at-home COVID-19 test kits were distributed to libraries in underserved areas of Michigan. The program has since expanded to offer free tests to more libraries across the state.

Kalamazoo County saw an 18% rise in positive COVID-19 test from April 28 to May 4 compared to the last 7-day period, according to data from MDHHS.

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