Free at-home COVID-19 test available at Wayne Memorial Health Centers

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HONESDALE, WAYNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Home COVID tests are in demand and hard to find on shelves and online.

One of the first shipments of free tests purchased by the federal government has arrived in our area.

Residents of Wayne, Lackawanna and Susquehanna counties are coming to Wayne Memorial Health Centers for at-home COVID tests.

The federal government is shipping its purchased, but free to the public, tests across the country.

This week, health centers received 10,000 over-the-counter “Quidel Quickvue” kits. These types of nasal tests allow you to have a more accurate reading by providing two per box.

“It’s nice to have. Uh, you know. Especially if it comes up positive you can check again because you can get a false positive,” said Danny Kingston, Dingman’s Ferry.

Kingston tells Eyewitness News he has tested positive three times in the past year and having the kits allows him and his family and friends to test themselves. they get sick.

“I don’t know how long the shooting will last. I have to wait to get the reminder now. Well, they change it every day, so wait a week, six months, mhmm,” Kingston said.

“We are one of the distribution sites. I think over time, over the next few months, we will see multiple distribution channels across the Commonwealth and across the country,” said Fred Jackson, Executive Director, Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers.

Fred Jackson says these tests are available to the general public and you don’t have to be a patient at a health center.

“We expect the same allocation next week and will return once they are gone,” Jackson explained.

Two kits per person, per week, are distributed for initial deployment.

See below for a list of Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers in the area.

Maria J. Book