KINGSTON – Ulster County Executive Ryan announced on Thursday that the county is now eligible to receive rapid testing machines and test kits.
The county submitted their plan to the state health department to receive the equipment which will increase the county’s testing capacity, he said.
These kits will be employed to assist school districts, congregate care facilities, and other identified clusters.
These rapid tests will be provided at the county health department through a drive-through system, and those tested will receive their results before they leave the site.
“Rapid response testing will help slow the spread of COVID-19 by expanding accessibility and improving our turnaround time, allowing us to instantly test key facilities and populations,” Ryan said.
To support the state’s efforts, the State Department of Health is now providing a limited basis point of care testing instruments for the virus that causes COVID-19 to local health departments who can demonstrate a plan for their equitable use. Both Abbott BinaxNOW and Abbott ID NOW test cards and machines and test kits are available to local health departments as supply permits. Materials will be provided at no cost so long as testing is open to the public, offered free of charge, and prioritizes vulnerable and at-risk populations that may not currently have equitable access to testing.