ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – There is an increased demand for COVID testing. Today, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that New York State will receive an additional 10 million home tests, half of which will be here before the New Year.
Two million of those tests will go to school districts.
âWe keep our schools open,â Hochul said. âLet me repeat that. We keep the schools open.
The governor said each child will be sent home with 2 test kits in their backpack.
“We want to make sure that when the kids come back in January, we keep them in school,” said Kathryn Garcia, director of state operations. âAnother million tests will be sent to county emergency officials. In addition, we will be sending 1.6 million tests to NYC. “
State vaccination sites will also receive 400,000 tests. Governor Hochul’s administration is calling on the federal government to invoke the Defense Production Act to have more home COVID tests manufactured.
âWe are putting a test portal online. Where New Yorkers can order home PCR tests. They will be mailed overnight. You stamp yourself, you put them back in the prepaid envelope. And you get your results within 48 hours, âsaid Jackie Bray, Interim Commissioner of Homeland Security and Emergency Services for New York State.
More information on the portal will be available in the coming days.
When it comes to home tests, the state recommends using those approved by the CDC or the FDA for maximum accuracy.