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St. Lucie County distributes thousands of at-home COVID-19 tests in under an hour

Posted at 6:28 AM, Jan 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-05 09:58:49-05

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. — The Health Department in St. Lucie County stepped up its efforts to help residents get tested for Covid-19, but the events ended in under an hour. 

On Wednesday, at-home testing kits were available for pick-up at all six library branch locations. 

The county was prepared to hand out upwards of 5,000 rapid tests for free to those in need, but they ran out in under an hour. 

Tests were distributed via curbside at the various libraries, so residents didn't need to leave their vehicle.

The COVID-19 at-home test kits that were distributed are manufactured by Abbott BinaxNOW and have been authorized by the Federal Drug Administration under an Emergency Use Authorization.

Officals say residents should download the app using the QR code found on the outside of the box. The app will allow you to create a “certificate” which can emailed directly to your healthcare provider to show to your school/employer/childcare.

Its important to note, in some cases, at-home tests are not considered official results and depending on your circumstances, you may need to consider other testing options.