BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is distributing an additional 2 million free COVID-19 test kits this week, state health officials announced Monday.
The tests will be sent to the 264 municipalities in the state that have requested them, and officials in those cities and towns will then determine how to distribute them among residents.
The tests are among nearly 30 million state-secured rapid antigen tests for residents and a range of organizations in education, health, social services, corrections and senior housing. .
“The administration remains committed to providing our residents with the tools necessary to manage COVID-19 and testing is a key tool in combating the spread of COVID-19,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services, Marylou Sudders, in a statement. “We will continue our aggressive efforts to provide these crucial tools to help keep Massachusetts residents safe and healthy.”
More than 84% of eligible state residents are fully vaccinated and more than half of adults are vaccinated, an official said.
Tests are distributed on a rolling basis over the next two weeks.
The state Department of Public Health recommends continued observation of COVID-19 protocols, including staying up to date on vaccinations, testing, and treatment after a positive test.