1,800+ COVID test kits distributed

In two days, Barnes-Kasson County Hospital distributed over 1,800 free COVID-19 home test kits. Test kits were distributed Friday at the Susquehanna Fire Department and Saturday at the Susquehanna Community school campus.

Barnes-Kasson executive vice president Dave Passetti said several more distributions of the hard-to-find test kits are coming but have not been scheduled yet. He advised people to monitor the hospital’s Facebook page and/or website to see when and where the next distribution will be.

The home test kits have been difficult for people to find on store shelves. Starting today, Wednesday, Jan. 19, every home in the United States can order four, free, at-home COVID-19 tests at covidtests.gov. According to the website, the tests will be completely free of charge, with no shipping costs.

Passetti said, “Test kits do have two tests per kit.  Tests are intended to be used twice over two to three days, with at least 24 hours and no more than 36 hours between tests.  But if using to test negativity prior to a gathering…two different people can use the two tests from the same kit.”

He also noted that tests can be used by people with symptoms, people who’ve been exposed, and also for people who want/need to make sure they’re negative before going into a large indoor gathering.

“After a positive result, contact your primary care physician to let them know and follow their directions,” Passetti offered.

NEPA Community Health Care announced that effective Monday, Jan. 17, COVID-19 testing will be provided exclusively to established patients with a scheduled appointment. COVID-19 vaccinations will be administered on a walk-in basis only.

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