(WWJ) Detroit’s regional coronavirus testing is relocating indoors to adjust to the fall weather.
The testing, which has been public at the Michigan State State Fairgrounds, will take place at the Joseph Walker Williams Community Center at 8431 Rosa Parks Blvd., beginning Tuesday, Sept. 29.
As before, free testing will be available for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties.
City officials say the move is in anticipation of the cooler temperatures on the way.
“The team that has been running the testing site at the Fairgrounds did an extraordinary job making it smooth and efficient for Detroiters and our suburban neighbors to have convenient access to testing,” said Mayor Mike Duggan, in a statement. “I am confident that the new site will run just as well and that we’ll continue to contain the spread of the virus through the knowledge of who has it and who doesn’t.”
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When it opened in March, the Fairgrounds testing site was one of the state’s first drive-up testing sites and the result of a cross-county, city and health system partnership, officials say. At its peak more than 1,200 people per day from across the region were tested, more than doubling city officials daily testing goal. During its run, which ended Sept. 24, the testing site provided more than 55,000 tests to residents of the region.
The city says Joseph Walker, which has been closed during the pandemic, was selected as the best indoor location because of space and a central location.
“The Community Center can accommodate the same volume of test per day as the previous site, but current testing demand is between 200-300 test per day,” said Hakim Berry Chief Operating Officer for the City of Detroit. “Residents can expect the same safe and swift testing experience with slightly modified procedures to accommodate foot traffic entering and exiting the building.”
Testing at the Joseph Walker Williams Community Center will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call center hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Detroit residents will still be able to take advantage of $2 round-trip rides through IntelliRide. Riders can only be picked up and dropped off at a Detroit address.
To make an appointment, call 313-230-0505