Niagara County to Giveaway COVID-19 At-Home Tests Kits this Saturday
Niagara County Legislature Chairman Becky Wydysh today announced that Niagara County had received a shipment of COVID-19 at-home test kits from New York State and that the county will be holding three simultaneous drive-thru events to distribute the kits to the public this Saturday, January 8. Each at-home test kit contains two COVID-19 tests.
The three sites will be in Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda and Lockport. Each site will have roughly 2,000 at-home kits to hand out. Distribution will limited to one per car and some ID showing the person is a Niagara County resident (driver’s license, utility bill, etc.) is required. Kits will be handed out on a first come, first served basis.
“We know there is tremendous demand for at-home test kits so when we received our shipment from the state on Tuesday, our team immediately began planning the logistics on how to distribute them,” said Wydysh. “The state has said we can expect regular shipments of these kits, so if that is indeed the case, we will be holding future events as well.”
The three distribution sites, which will begin handing out test kits at 11 a.m., are as follows:
Niagara County Human Resources Building
300 10th Street
Niagara County DMV
500 Wheatfield Street
Transit Drive-In Theatre
6655 S. Transit Rd
“Based on our experience, we believe the turnout for this event will be significant and all at-home kits will be distributed within the first hour to 90 minutes or so,” said Jonathan Schultz, Director of Niagara County Emergency Services. “We want to stress that not everyone who wants an at-home test kit may get one based on the limited supply.”
Those who attend are asked to pay close attention to the signage to know where to enter the drive thru.