Montgomery County has received about 10,000 rapid, at-home COVID-19 test kits and have begun distributing them at no charge to specific groups, officials announced.
“The county has identified groups who have an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 or decreased access to available test sites because of their occupation, such as food service workers and construction workers; their vaccination status or live in areas with lower vaccination rates; limited access to other testing resources due to access to health care, transportation, or work hours; and those with decreased access to other testing resources. due to a physical or developmental disability,” according to a press release.
“As we have done throughout the pandemic, we are working hard to make sure the test kits are available to residents who live in communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 illness and deaths, as well as workers who regularly interact with large numbers of people in the community, some who are not vaccinated,” said County Executive Marc Elrich.
The test may not be accepted for routine employment testing, pre-travel testing or school quarantine or isolation situations. In those cases residents should check with the appropriate source for information about acceptable tests.
The county is working with community organizations to get the test to targeted populations.
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