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Maryland distributing 500,000 rapid at-home COVID-19 test kits ahead of holiday season

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ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan announced that the Maryland Department of Health will distribute 500,000 at-home COVID test kits ahead of the holiday season.

The free test kits will be available at health departments across the state.

State officials say, distribution of the kits will increase public access to convenient COVID-19 tests during the holiday season and throughout winter.

“Testing continues to be one of the most important tools we have to keep people safe, and we have now conducted nearly 15 million tests statewide,” said Governor Hogan. “By making these at-home test kits available through local health departments, we are giving Marylanders more options and more peace of mind as we head into the holiday season. Of course, the single most important thing you can do, if you haven’t already, is get vaccinated or get your booster shot.”

Each kit contains two COVID-19 tests that are to be used by one person, at least 36 hours apart and within three days of each other.

The tests are self-administered and results are available in 15 minutes.

Those who test negative should confirm the result by using the second test in the kit at least 36 hours after the first test.

Individuals who receive positive COVID-19 results should consider themselves infectious, notify their contacts, and seek further medical advice.

Everyone is encouraged to report their test results, both positive and negative, to help Maryland slow the spread of COVID-19.

Results can be uploaded to the Abbott NAVICA app or website.

“Getting vaccinated and tested remain the two most important actions that Marylanders can take to keep themselves and their loved ones protected against COVID-19,” said MDH Secretary Dennis R. Schrader. “We are committed to accessible, free COVID-19 testing across the state, and these at-home tests kits will augment other state-supported testing initiatives.”

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