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Free mobile COVID-19 testing targets underserved parts of community

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Posted at 11:20 AM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 11:20:09-04

WYOMING, Mich. — An initiative by Metro Health is aiming to provide COVID-19 testing to underserved parts of West Michigan’s community.

The health care provider is scheduling mobile test sites in the Southeast and Southwest sides of Grand Rapids:

Hispanic Center of West Michigan, 1204 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. each week, beginning June 8

United Methodist Community House, 904 Sheldon Ave SE, Grand Rapids

  • Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each week, beginning June 15

Metro Health also offers free COVID-19 drive up testing at the Metro Health Community Clinic located at 781 36th Street SE, Grand Rapids.
“There are several reasons why racial minority populations are experiencing higher COVID-19 infection rates,” said Dr. Rhae-Ann Booker, vice president of DEI, Metro Health – University of Michigan Health, in a release, noting that 40 percent of COVID-19 deaths are African American despite being just 14 percent of the population. ““These include underlying health conditions, occupational environment and living situations.”