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Niagara County Legislator Rick Abbott announced Niagara County has tens of thousands of coronavirus tests kits from New York state that it is making available to not-for-profits and businesses. The tests are available through the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services.
“I delivered tests kits to People Inc. and FeedMore WNY a few weeks ago at their request, and I know there are other organizations that, perhaps given what they do, feel testing can help them continue operating safely,” Abbott said. “So, when we received this latest batch, I suggested we make them available to any not-for-profit or business in Niagara County.”
Niagara County Emergency Services Director Jonathan Schultz said the county received more than 50,000 test kits from the state at a time when the demand from the public for the kits has decreased sharply as the number of coronavirus cases has been dropping.
“We have heard from municipalities that were hosting kit giveaway events that the demand just isn’t there, so when Legislator Abbott suggested offering them to not-for-profits and businesses, I was on board,” Schultz said. “We are at a stage where we are encouraging people to mitigate their own COVID risk, so for organizations and businesses that may serve high-risk groups like the immunocompromised or the elderly, testing may still be important.”
Schultz said any not-for-profit or business interested in test kits should email their request, including how many kits they would like, to [email protected]. Someone will then reach out to schedule a pickup time.