Gov. Hogan announces 500,000 rapid at-home COVID-19 test kits to be distributed across Md.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Governor Larry Hogan has announced that the Maryland Department of Health will make 500,000 Abbott BinaxNOW Ag At-Home COVID-19 test kits available through a new program.

We’re told the distribution of these kits will increase public access to tests ahead of the holiday season and throughout winter, and in the coming weeks, local health departments will make announcements regarding the availability of testing kits.

Each kit contains two COVID-19 tests approved to be used by one person, and the tests are to be used at least 36 hours apart and within three days of each other. The tests are self-administered and results are available in 15 minutes.

On the shore, Caroline County residents can obtain at-home tests while supplies last at their local public library or two community food pantries, Aaron’s Place, and Giving Grace.

“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.”

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