UTICA – Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced Thursday that the county will provide local municipalities with an additional 60,000 COVID-19 home test kits on top of the more than 46,000 kits it has already distributed throughout the community.
“As the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic disappears, Oneida County continues to provide our communities with the tools they need to move into the next phase,” Picente said.
“These additional 60,000 home test kits can be used to help our residents be aware of their health status and prevent the spread of the virus, which will lower our case rate even further.”
The latest range of home test kits are the iHealth COVID-19 antigen rapid tests, which are self-administered with nasal inoculation. They are provided by the New York State Department of Health. Oneida County distributes them to municipalities based on the percentage of their county population.
Oneida County has already delivered more than 46,000 test kits through public giveaways as well as distribution to municipalities, public safety departments, businesses, health authorities, schools, libraries, nursing homes and houses of worship.
Municipal governments interested in obtaining test kits from this latest county supply should contact Oneida County Emergency Services Deputy Director Dan Appler at [email protected] to arrange pickup.