Health Department needing more participants for Covid-19 Take home Testing Kits

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – The Hamilton County Health Department was one of two counties chosen by the CDC to participate in the Covid take Home testing kits. Now they are asking for your help with tracking the virus by participating.

The health department was given 40,000 Covid testing take home kits and just a few more than 15,000 have been picked up.

“Inside each kit there are 25 tests. That’s enough for two people in the family to test themselves three times a week for one month,” says Carleena Angwin, Hamilton County Health Department. 

Officials say continued testing remains important until more of Hamilton County is fully vaccinated. 

 “A little under 40% of the population has been fully vaccinated. It’s important for people to keep testing because there still is Covid spreading in our community. We want people to test themselves and see if they have Covid so they can isolate and separate themselves from their family on the other side of the house so we can stop the spread of Covid-19,” says Angwin. 

The health department has announced that starting today children over the age of 12 are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccination. 

“Now that kids can start getting vaccinated, they can start doing things they enjoyed doing before like gathering with friends and family. Even though kids have a lower prevalence of hospitalizations and death ; they do spread the virus. If they are going to visit grandma, great aunts and uncles they can get vaccinated now and then they can go and feel good about visiting family members,” says Angwin.

For more information about how you can receive your testing kit or where to get vaccinated  click here

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