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Columbus Public Health is handing out free COVID-19 home tests

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus Public Health will hand out free home COVID-19 test kits Tuesday to encourage residents to ensure they are virus-free before gathering for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Franklin County residents can drop by the Celeste Center, located at 717 East 17th Avenue, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. to pick up a test. According to CPH, residents can take home as many as 12 kits while supplies last.

“The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to get together with family and friends who have been fully vaccinated,” said health commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts. “Testing before you get together adds an extra layer of protection, especially for those who are at greater risk for serious illness and those who are too young to get vaccinated.”

Health officials advise those who test positive to stay at home and follow guidelines for reporting close contacts.

Residents also have access to free COVID-19 test kits at libraries and recreation centers throughout Columbus. A list of locations can be found here.

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