Orange County secures more than 15,000 COVID-19 test kits for schools

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GOSHEN – Orange County has delivered 15,845 COVID-19 boxes of test kits to Orange-Ulster BOCES for distribution to local schools.  

“These test kits are convenient and can help screen for COVID positive cases” County Executive Steven Neuhaus said. “While PCR testing and working with recognized medical providers is the best way to diagnose someone with COVID-19, rapid tests are one way to help screen for positive results.”

The county’s Health Department received the kits from the state and reallocated them to Orange-Ulster BOCES, which will send them to Orange County schools. Each kit has two quick view tests, which provide results in 15 minutes. The tests are shallow nasal swabs. 

The county will continue to host regular vaccination PODs for residents who need to receive their first, second and booster doses. 

For more information about vaccinations, go to orangecountygov.com

 To find the nearest COVID-19 vaccination site and to register, residents can also go to: vaccines.gov. or text their zip code to 438829.