Metro Health brings free COVID-19 testing to vulnerable communities

Metro Health brings free COVID-19 testing to vulnerable communities
Metro Health mobile units will be rotating to two different sites each week for free walk-up testing and consultations. <strong>Courtesy Metro Health</strong>

Metro Health-University of Michigan Health is bringing free COVID-19 testing and resources into some of the most vulnerable communities in the greater Grand Rapids area.

Beginning this week, Metro Health mobile units will be rotating to two different sites each week for free walk-up testing and consultations:

  • Hispanic Center of West Michigan, 1204 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, Tuesdays and Fridays from 8-11 a.m. beginning this week.
  • United Methodist Community House, 904 Sheldon Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m. beginning week of June 15.

According to Metro Health, over 40% of the deaths in Michigan from COVID-19 were Black people, who only make up 14% of the state population.

“There are several reasons why racial minority populations are experiencing higher COVID-19 infection rates,” said Dr. Rhae-Ann Booker, vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion for Metro Health-University of Michigan Health. “These include underlying health conditions, occupational environment and living situations.”

Those desiring testing do not need to be current patients of Metro Health. Health insurance or identification is not necessary for the free test. Patients only will be asked for their name and contact information so results can be appropriately delivered.

In addition to COVID-19 testing, Metro Health will have providers available to answer questions and distribute important resources in both English and Spanish.

“During a crisis like we are facing with coronavirus, it becomes convenient to abandon commitments to principals of diversity, equity and inclusion,” Booker said. “We will not allow this to happen.”

In addition to our mobile testing, Metro Health also offers free COVID-19 drive-up testing at the Metro Health Community Clinic at 781 36th St. SE, Grand Rapids.

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