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Cobb County to Distribute COVID-19 Test Kits

picture of home test kit
January 8, 2022

Cobb County to Distribute More Than 60 Thousand COVID Test Kits
The Board is expected to approve the use of remaining CARES Act funding for the purchase

January 7, 2022 - Cobb County plans on distributing more than 60 thousand COVID self-test kits to county residents in the coming weeks, targeting segments of the community where people have had difficulty accessing testing.

The Board of Commissioners is expected to approve the County Manager’s purchase during their meeting on Tuesday (which will be held via teleconference due to the latest COVID surge).  County officials are expecting delivery in time to hold an initial distribution event on the holiday celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  County and Public Health officials are still finalizing details on that event while we await delivery of the kits.

“We have the resources to be able to help many of our residents who have told us getting tested for COVID has been a challenge,” Chairwoman Lisa Cupid said.  “So it makes sense to use these federal relief funds to help distribute test kits to help contain the spread of COVID in Cobb.  Cobb and Douglas Public Health officials tell me besides COVID there are other illnesses, including the flu, spreading in our community.  It is important for those who have COVID to know it as soon as possible so they can take action to avoid spreading it to others.”  

Cobb County Emergency Management will store the kits while a plan to distribute them across the county comes into focus.  The county hopes to use events in each district along with help from nonprofits, churches, and other groups to get these COVID self-test kits to those in the county who need them the most.