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Miami-Dade Distributing At-Home COVID Test Kits at 8 Libraries Friday

The kits will be distributed beginning at 7:30 a.m. while supplies last with a limit of two kits per household

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In time for the end of the year, Miami-Dade County is handing out free take-home rapid COVID test kits at eight libraries in the county Friday.

The kits were distributed beginning at 7:30 a.m. and will continue while supplies last with a limit of two kits per household. The kits will be handed out in a drive-thru manner.

“I was in line since 7 o' clock in the morning," said Cynthia Delgado, who came to the Westchester Regional Library for kits. “There is a line like two miles long.”

Library staff brought bins of the kits out for residents, with some getting tested for family gatherings and others taking extra precautions.

“Our team is working around the clock to meet the enormous increase in demand and keep residents safe by making tests as accessible as possible, including by distributing hundreds of thousands of take-home rapid test kits and opening new testing sites this week,” said Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “We’re grateful to all those across Miami-Dade taking the simple precautions that we know work to keep us safe.”

The eight locations are:

  • Kendale Lakes Branch Library
    15205 SW 88 Street
    Miami, FL 33196
  • Naranja Branch Library
    14850 SW 280 Street
    Miami, FL 33032
  • North Dade Regional Library
    2455 NW 183 Street
    Miami Gardens, FL 33056
  • Northeast Dade - Aventura Branch
    2930 Aventura Boulevard
    Aventura, FL 33180
  • Main Library
    101 West Flagler Street
    Miami, FL 33130
  • Miami Beach Regional Library
    227 22nd Street
    Miami Beach, FL 33139
  • Miami Lakes Branch Library
    6699 Windmill Gate Road
    Miami Lakes, FL 33014
  • Westchester Regional Library
    9445 Coral Way
    Miami, FL 33165

“Every pharmacy everywhere… CVS, Walgreens, nobody has them," said Millagros Coitel, who came to get kits. “The past few days, we have gone to CVS and Walgreens and they are sold out everywhere.”

The distribution of kits comes after 152,000 kits were handed out last weekend and earlier this week while three additional testing sites were opened. Zoo Miami's testing site was expanded to open 24 hours a day.

For more information on test kits and the county's efforts to combat the pandemic, click on this link.

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