BALTIMORE (WJZ) The Baltimore City Health Department will distribute a limited number of free rapid home COVID-19 test kits to community organizations across the city next month, the agency said Tuesday.
Nonprofits, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, faith-based organizations, and other groups can request the Abbott BinaxNOW Antigen Kits if they are in town and usually serve city residents.
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“We are excited about this opportunity to provide COVID-19 testing kits to community members,” said Baltimore City health commissioner Letitia Dzirasa. “We hope that by providing COVID-19 testing kits to community organizations that are familiar with and embedded in our neighborhoods, we can effectively distribute COVID-19 testing kits to those most in need of testing resources.”
Groups can begin submitting applications on Tuesday and the health department will distribute 60 kits per organization during the week of December 6
On its website, the health department said it targets zip codes and populations with low immunization rates, including older adults, Latinx residents, Orthodox Jewish residents, young men, pregnant women, those who are homeless and immigrants.
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Up to 45 organizations will receive the tests on a first-come, first-served basis, the health department said.
Health workers will also be handing out some kits at test sites around the city during the week of December 6.
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 is urged to isolate themselves until they are no longer contagious. Residents with severe symptoms should seek emergency care, the department said.
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The kits are provided by the Maryland Department of Health.