Johnston distributes free at-home COVID-19 test kits for residents

"This is a fight. No doubt about it. And we're gonna win. Listen, we're America, we're Rhode Island, we're Johnston, and we are strong."

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WLNE)- The town of Johnston started their rollout of the 9,700 COVID test kits they received on Wednesday. Mayor Joseph Polisena said the town’s initial rollout focused heavily on nursing homes and the elderly community.

The distribution will continue throughout the week.

Mayor Polisena told ABC6 News that the town received their COVID kits on Wednesday, and just hours later began to distribute the kits to community members at highest risk.

“We covered out senior population yesterday” Polisena explained, “We got almost 1,000 kits to our seniors.”

On Thursday, the kits were handed out to those in group home, and congregate living facilities.

“We want to get them out there,” Polisena continued. “Staying on a shelf and collecting dust is not going to do anyone good.”

The rollout continues through Saturday, where eligibility opens up to all Johnston residents. Polisena said a drive-thru event will take place at Johnston High School from 10 a.m. through noon.

“This is a fight. No doubt about it. And we’re gonna win. Listen, we’re America, we’re Rhode Island, we’re Johnston, and we are strong.”

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