By Sara Powers

(CBS DETROIT) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services expanded its partnership to offer free, at-home COVID-19 testing kits to underserved areas, by providing the testing kits at additional libraries, for a total of 70 locations.

The test kits could be beneficial to several families especially as students return to school, and parents return to work, after spring break trips.

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“This partnership is just one more tool to keep our communities safe,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, Michigan’s chief medical executive. “Testing has become extremely convenient with many locations and the increased availability of over-the-counter tests. We recommend Michiganders test if traveling. Additionally, receiving the COVID-19 vaccine remains one of the most effective ways to prevent severe illness and disease.”

MDHHS officials say that 24,000 kits were set to 70 libraries.

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They are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Residents are asked to take one test kit per person and up to five per household.

For a complete list of libraries participating in the program, visit here.

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