Niagara County Legislature Chairwoman Becky Wydysh announced Niagara County received a shipment of COVID-19 at-home test kits from New York state. The county will hold three simultaneous drive-thru events to distribute the kits to the public this Saturday, Jan. 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 be limited to one per car. 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,” Wydysh said. “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 St.
Niagara County DMV, 500 Wheatfield St.
Transit Drive-In Theatre, 6655 S. Transit Road
“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.