Dutchess County Distributes Additional COVID-19 Test Kits to Every Municipality
POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County has received another limited supply of state home COVID-19 test kits which have been distributed to each municipality based on population size as well as to select community organizations that serve the underserved populations.
Municipalities will be distributing test kits to residents over the next few days, and residents should check their municipality’s website or call for specific information on when and where test kits will be available for pickup.
County executive Marc Molinaro said testing facilities across the county “have seen exponential growth in the number of residents seeking a COVID-19 test. These home testing kits are a critical step towards increasing access to testing within our community as we continue to tackle the surge in COVID-19 cases after the busy holiday season. “
To obtain a test kit, residents must provide their municipality with proof of residence. Residents can only get the free test kits from the municipality in which they reside (you cannot travel to another city to get a kit). As the supply continues to be limited, each household can receive a test kit, which includes two individual tests. Kits will be available on a first come, first served basis and residents who have already received a free kit are asked to allow others who were unable to obtain a kit to obtain one. Although supplies are limited, state distribution is expected to be recurring and the county will continue to work with local municipalities to distribute test kits as they are received.
Residents who test positive for a COVID-19 test at home should:
- Self-isolate immediately, even if they are vaccinated; adhere to current quarantine guidelines; and
- take a photo of the positive home test result within 24 hours and report the positive case to the Dutchess County Behavioral and Community Health Department (DBCH) at www.dutchessny.gov/COVIDpositive
With a high volume of active cases, contract tracers may not be able to contact people in a timely manner, so residents are advised to follow isolation protocols during their quarantine period. If a resident’s symptoms worsen or if they have difficulty breathing after a positive home test result, they should see their doctor or call 9-1-1.