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Tompkins County ends free COVID test distribution

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Tompkins County Whole Health announced that their program distributing free COVID-19 test kits ended on April 4, after providing over 275,000 kits since January 2022. The initiative, which distributed test kits through community libraries, municipal centers, and nonprofit agencies, aimed to mitigate the spread of the virus in the community. The test kits were supplied by the New York State Department of Emergency Management.

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Frank Kruppa, Whole Health Commissioner, expressed gratitude to the various community partners for their role in distributing the health resources. The final public COVID testing site in the county had already ceased operations nearly a year prior to the end of this program.

While the free distribution has concluded, residents can still obtain COVID-19 self-test kits at local pharmacies, potentially covered by health insurance, and testing remains available at medical facilities throughout the area.