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Delay in shipment of COVID-19 test kits forces Ohio to prioritize distribution

Youngstown City Health Department worker Faith Terreri grabs two at-home COVID-19 test kits to be handed out during a distribution in Youngstown on Dec. 30, 2021.
Youngstown City Health Department worker Faith Terreri grabs two at-home COVID-19 test kits to be handed out during a distribution in Youngstown on Dec. 30, 2021. (David Dermer | AP Photo, File)

The Ohio Department of Health announced Wednesday that it will prioritize the state’s supply of COVID-19 test kits to support testing for K-12 schools and colleges and universities.

The state is experiencing a delay in shipment of more than 800,000 test kits amid a nationwide shortage in COVID-19 testing supplies, a news release states.

ODH has been making available both the proctored rapid Abbott BinaxNOW at-home antigen tests and over the counter self-administered tests free to Ohioans at health departments, public libraries, schools and other locations. ODH ordered 1.2 million proctored testing kits for January. So far, 400,000 test kits have been received and are being distributed, the release states.

ODH said as tests become available after the needs of K-12 schools and higher education institutions are met, the state will again send tests to libraries and local health departments to distribute.

This story was originally published January 12, 2022 1:58 PM.

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