“Providing access to Clarkston residents and staff to Covid-19 safety measures is a top priority of this City Council,” Burks said in an email. “Many of our residents do not have insurance or transportation. These kits will help reduce the spread of the virus and provide an opportunity for residents to know their status.”
The city will use funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package, to purchase the test kits. Initially, the council considered using $10,000, but it was increased tenfold during the meeting.