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Monroe County hands out more testing kits with busy holiday week ahead

Monroe County leaders say they hope you employ your package earlier than that huge gathering at grandma’s home. In Rochester, they handed out about 5,000 take a look at kits Saturday. 

“We have to take action, responsibly, and safely. Testing is the one method to know,” mentioned Jessica Alaimo, the emergency operations coordinator for the City of Rochester. 

An early Christmas reward thought could possibly be a fast take a look at. Thousands of free take a look at kits have already been distributed all through the town, and continued over the weekend in Rochester, on the Trenton and Pamela Jackson R-Center and in Irondequoit contained in the Department of Public Works.  


“People actually care about ensuring they’re COVID-free and protected for the vacations and ensuring they’re family members are protected, too,” Alaimo mentioned. 

While these take a look at kits are one other useful gizmo for defense, like masking, or getting vaccinated, we all know there are a number of methods to check for virus. Monroe County Health Commissioner Doctor Michael Mendoza says that is the place it may possibly develop into a problem and why these take a look at kits are extremely really useful earlier than gathering.

“If you are in search of a extremely correct take a look at to see in case you have items of the RNA virus from coronavirus in your nostril the PCR take a look at is nice however it does not essentially let you know should you’re contagious and after we’re taking a look at a take a look at that the general public can use to make choices on what they’re doing or not doing a take a look at just like the antigen take a look at is much better as a result of it tells you should you’re contagious straight away,” Mendoza mentioned. 

Sunday take a look at kits will likely be handed out at Edgerton R-Center from 10 a.m. to three:30 p.m. It will likely be a one-stop store, a vaccine clinic will likely be operating there too from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 


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