Erie County to distribute nearly 40,000 COVID-19 test kits; here's how you can get them

Self-test at home kits
Posted at 2:00 PM, Jan 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-12 10:19:11-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Erie County Department of Health has begun distributing nearly 40,000 at-home COVID-19 antigen test kits to Erie County village, town and city emergency managers.

Each kit will include two tests.

“The primary responsibility of county government is to promote the health and welfare of its citizens. That is why I am pleased to announce we are distributing 80,000 rapid COVID-19 tests to our local municipalities, who will then distribute the test kits to their residents. I thank our local mayors, supervisors and emergency managers for agreeing to expeditiously distribute these kits starting tomorrow, Saturday, January 8,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “At a time when Erie County is experiencing an extraordinary surge of COVID-19 cases, this coordinated effort will put rapid tests into the hands of Erie County residents.”

The county advises that you should reach out to your local police departments for test distribution information.

Below you can find a list of distributions we're aware of:

Town of Akron

  • 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday
  • Senior Center
  • 5691 Cummings Road

Village of Akron

  • 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday
  • Village Hall
  • 21 Main Street

Town of Alden

  • 9 a.m. to noon Saturday
  • Alden Town Hall
  • 3311 Wende Road

Town of Wales

  • 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday
  • Wales Town Hall
  • Route 20A

Amherst, East Aurora, West Seneca and the Town of Tonawanda, Cheektowaga, Town of Hamburg and the City of Buffalo have already held distributions and some expect to hold more in the future.

7 News is reaching out to local departments and will provide information on where tests will be available once we hear back.