COVID-19 Guide: How to get Tests, Advice, Food, Jobless Benefits in Metro Detroit

March 19, 2020, 3:21 PM

We all need something we can lean on, and if you want it, you can lean on this pandemic resources roundup. We welcome suggested additions in a comment below or on our social media.

Meal distribution Wednesday at Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School in Detroit's Burton-McFarland area. (Photo: Eleanore Catolico, Chalkbeat Detroit)

Meals for students

  • This state Department of Education map of places to get a grab-and-go meal for kids out of school is updated twice daily. 

  • The Detroit Public Schools Community District lists 58 schools that are food pickup sites for any child, enrolled or not. Breakfasts are handed out weekdays from 8-10:30 a.m. and sack lunches are served from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lesson sheets also are available.

Detroit restaurant 'carryout zones'

  • Curb areas are marked outside nearly 30 restaurants, listed here, for pickup of orders placed online or by phone. The list is expected to grow.

Detroit homework hotline

  • (833) 466-3978 between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. weekdats. Academic resources also are here.


Unemployment claim

Drive-up virus tests

  • Available daily at 8 Beaumont Health sites: 6 a.m.-2 a.m. in Dearborn, Royal Oak and Troy; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. in Grosse Pointe, Farmington Hills, Taylor, Trenton and Wayne.

    “This limited screening is only for patients who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Please try to call ahead to Beaumont’s COVID-19 hotline, (800) 592-4784, or your physician's office before attempting to get screened."

Coronavirus hotlines

► Beaumont Health: (800) 592-4784


► State Health Department: (888) 535-6136 or email questions to | Newsletter signup:

► Oakland County: (248) 858-1000

► Macomb County:  (586) 463-3750

► Wayne County: (734) 287-7870

► Henry Ford Health System: (313) 874-1055

 Detroit Medical Center: (888) DMC-3370

 Ascension St. John Hospital: (833) 978-0649

Centers for Disease Control: (800) 232-4636 | Protect yourself | Symptoms |

Give blood (Red Cross)

  • (800) 733-2767 | Make appointment | Via Amazon Alexa, say "Blood Scheduling Skill"


  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a concentration of 60% to 95% ethanol or isopropanol.

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Limit time outside the home even if you're not sick, as you may have the virus and not show symptoms.

  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve — not your hands. Trash the tissue.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; the virus can survive up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to 3 days on stainless steel and plastic.

  • Clean and disinfect goods entering the home. Produce can be washed with soap and water or misted with a diluted bleach solution (one teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water).

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