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Huntington to distribute 10,000 at-home COVID-19 test kits to residents

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The Huntington Community Development Agency will distribute over 10,000 over-the-counter COVID-19 test kits to interested Huntington residents.

With a limit of four kits per household, residents must register for test kits online through the Town of Huntington’s official website.

After successful registration with email confirmation, residents may retrieve their over-the-counter tests at Manor Field Park, starting on Monday, Feb. 7, at 11 a.m.

“These at-home test kits will provide Huntington families peace of mind that it is safe to gather and visit with at-risk family members,” Ed Smyth, the supervisor for the Town of Huntington and chairman of the CDA said.

Beginning next week, those who registered may pick up tests on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m.; and Fridays, 1-4 p.m., while supplies last.

More than $151,000 from the CARES Act Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) program funded the town’s purchase of 10,080 over-the-counter COVID-19 tests. The Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the town $1.9 million in September 2020 to respond to and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

According to a town press release, the funds were made available to businesses and individuals in the community who have been directly impacted by the pandemic, as well as those community agencies that provide direct assistance to the residents of Huntington.

The Huntington CDA is also partnering with Value Drugs at 208 Broadway in Greenlawn for approximately 2,000 town residents to access a free onsite Rapid Results Antigen COVID-19 test. Residents must apply for a voucher for a free test — click here to apply for a voucher.

Once approved, people can schedule an appointment with Value Drugs. The antigen tests will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Due to the recent spike in coronavirus cases, and with the demand of test kits outpacing the supply, the Town of Huntington and the Community Development Agency felt it was imperative that we address the issue,” Leah M. Jefferson, the director of the Community Development Agency, said. “The Town has faced enough difficulties during the pandemic, and we are grateful for the generosity of Value Drugs which has allowed us to meet the demand for rapid testing, and ultimately keep our community safer.”

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