Rapid COVID-19 test kits allocated to South Hadley by the state have been all been distributed.
The 2,880 two-test kits were provided to the town free of charge for distribution to residents with an emphasis on increasing access for individuals and families facing financial hardship. South Hadley was among the 102 municipalities in the Commonwealth with the highest proportion of families living below the Federal Poverty Level who received kits. All 20 of the Commonwealth’s most disproportionately impacted equity communities were included by these criteria. In total, the 102 municipalities account for nearly 3.7 million Massachusetts residents.
It was the state’s expectation kits be allocated as quickly as possible during the holiday season, equitably, and at locations accessible to individuals and families determined to be in high need. Distribution to municipalities was run by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency in partnership with the Massachusetts National Guard.
The South Hadley Health Department provided kits to the South Hadley Council on Aging and housing authority, and reached out to church groups, Riverboat Village, the Recreation Department and others.
Residents looking for tests can visit local pharmacies or order online to purchase rapid test kits on their own, as needed. COVID-19 rapid tests are one of many risk-reduction measures, along with vaccination, that protect you and others by reducing the chances of spreading COVID-19.