Richmond, Henrico health departments to give out 3,600 at-home COVID tests next week

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Posted at 2:21 PM, Dec 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-30 15:55:07-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- In addition to three testing events next week, officials with Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) announced Thursday the three ways they will also distribute 3,600 recently acquired at-home rapid antigen COVID-19 tests.

The announcement comes amid a statewide and national COVID-19 testing shortage of COVID-19 and as the state has recorded the second straight day of record-high virus cases.

First, the free tests will be available for pick up at some testing and vaccination events (listed below) next week. Officials stressed that the tests for pick up are available only while supplies last.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 4 — Second Baptist Church (3300 Broad Rock Blvd), 9-11 a.m. (test event) and 3-6 p.m. (vaccination event)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 5 — RHHD Henrico West Clinic (8600 Dixon Powers Dr), 9-10:45 a.m. (vaccination event)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 5 — Eastern Henrico Recreation Center (1440 Laburnum Ave), 1-4 p.m. (vaccination event)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 5 — Highland Springs Community Center (16 S Ivy Ave), 3-6 p.m. (test event)
  • Thursday, Jan. 6 — RHHD Downtown Clinic (400 E Cary St), 1-3 p.m. (vaccination event)
  • Friday, Jan. 7 — Diversity Thrift (1407 Sherwood Ave), 1-3 p.m. (test event)

Additionally, the health district's outreach staff will hand out the tests during outreach efforts to "proactively distributing tests within communities more impacted by COVID-19 helps reduce barriers to accessing testing such as lack of transportation, time, or access to information on where to get a test."

Third, RHHD staffers will distribute tests to community organizations who previously expressed interest in serving as a distribution site.

"These community organizations can expect to hear from RHHD within three business days," officials wrote.

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