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At Home Rapid Tests were handed out to county departments on Tuesday. Commissioners purchased the tests to ensure those employees wanting them would have access to four of them as tests were becoming harder to get. Department heads say their staff is thankful for the kits.
With the recent shortage of tests, they have purchased 3,400 tests for employees and county use. The tests are there as a tool to help reduce the spread of the virus. Employees are not required to take any, but commissioners wanted to have them on hand to help their employees obtain them if they want them.
Allen County Public Health and local Fire stations teamed up in order to distribute COVID-19 test kits to the public. A limited supply of the kits were available, being distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis on Wednesday.
At-home testing kits have become scarce and the federal government is stepping in to help. President Biden has promised to provide 500-million tests to the American people. The government has yet to get those tests and won’t set up the website to order them until they have the home tests in hand. As of January 15th, private insurance companies will reimburse their customers for home tests. The problem is the shortage of tests that many health officials say is because of supply chain issues.
With the continuing surge of cases resources are growing thin as the pandemic continues. Test kits are harder to find, and hospital staffs are being pushed to their limits. Thursday, President Biden announcing 1,000 military medical personal heading to hospitals to help. Some will be at the Cleveland Clinic. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine already placing members of the Ohio National Guard at hospitals including Mercy Health Saint Rita’s. The ODH says what they have learned is that COVID is extremely unpredictable and can change dramatically and quickly.
The CDC has now issued new guidelines when it comes to a isolating or quarantining after a positive COVID-19 test.
Several months ago, the Lima Public Library agreed to be part of a statewide initiative for libraries to provide free rapid at-home COVID-19 test kits. There wasn't a high demand for the tests at first but as of late, they've had problems keeping up with the community's need for the kits. Thursday, they received a large shipment of 800 take-home test kits and say they're proud to be a resource like this to our community.
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