Covid-19 Rapid Tests Available in Bucks County
The Middletown Township COVID-19 rapid test distribution location at Sesame Place closed around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. It was set to close at 6 p.m.
James O’Malley, a county spokesperson, said supplies of tests for the site were almost entirely used up. He noted already-planned distributions are slated to take place and the county had enough supplies.
Thousands of cars visited the COVID-19 at-home rapid test distribution point in Middletown Township Wednesday.
Staff from the Bucks County Emergency Management Agency and Bucks County Health Department passed out four antigen tests kits per vehicle at the distribution site at Sesame Place. There was no cost at the site for tests.
While the initial line was long, vehicles quickly moved through the queue.
County officials, Middletown Township police, and Sesame Place security officers directed traffic at the site.
A little more than an hour after opening the distribution point more than 8,100 tests had been distributed. There were 24,000 test kits allotted for the site for Wednesday, according to county officials.
Earlier this month, the Bucks County Commissioners voted to pay $2.77 million to Safeware Inc., of Lanham, Maryland, to order 300,000 test kits. Additionally, the commissioners approved spending $251,904 to purchase COVID-19 test kits from Safeware Inc. for students, school workers, and unvaccianted county employees.
As COVID-19 cases have surged in recent weeks, at-home rapid tests have been hard to come by.
The Middletown Township site will be open again on Wednesday, January 26 and Wednesday, February 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
County government plans additional distribution sites that will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A second site will be open Thursday, January 20 at Warminster Community Park at 1100 Veterans Way in Warminster Township (enter from Veterans Way). This site will also open Thursday, January 27 and Thursday, February 3.
The third location will be available Monday, January 24 and Monday, January 31 at Calvary Church at 820 Souderton Road in Hilltown Township (enter from Route 113).
Officials warned bad weather may close or delay distribution sites. Updates will be posted on BucksCounty.gov.
Vaccines will not be available at the distribution sites. To find a vaccine clinic near you visit buckscounty.gov/vaccines.
If you are unable to make it out to a county distribution site, the U.S. Postal Service has begun taking orders for free at-home COVID-19 test kits which will be shipped to Americans. The White House said the site officially launched Wednesday after a Tuesday soft launch.