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Manatee County will give away free COVID-19 at-home tests on Wednesday

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Manatee County is distributing free COVID-19 at-home testing kits at its six public libraries on Jan. 5.

Four tests per person will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis at the county's six public libraries.

Manatee County is distributing free COVID-19 at-home testing kits at its six public libraries on Jan. 5.

In a news release, the county announced it will give away 7,500 kits to county residents on a first-come, first-served basis.

The allotment ran out as of Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.

The announcement comes as coronavirus cases rise throughout the state, prompting high demand for testing.

“Manatee County is working hard to make sure all residents have access to COVID-19 tests,” Manatee County Public Safety Director Jacob Saur said in the release. “I want to remind everyone that the best way to continue to protect yourself from COVID-19 is by getting vaccinated and wearing a mask when you’re unable to social distance.”

The tests, provided by the Florida Department of Health, will be limited to four per person.

The Palmetto and South Manatee branches open at 9 a.m. The Braden River Branch opens at 10 a.m. The Downtown Central, Island and Rocky Bluff branches open at noon.

Updated: January 5, 2022 at 3:38 PM EST
This story has been updated with COVID-19 vaccines no longer available as of Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.
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