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Akron City Council to distribute free COVID-19 test kits this Saturday

Council will host drive-thru distribution sites across four different wards, but supplies will be limited.

AKRON, Ohio — As supplies of COVID-19 tests remain relatively scarce across Northeast Ohio and the rest of the country, Akron City Council has announced it will be distributing free testing kits to residents this weekend.

Council will host four different drive-thru distribution sites in Wards 1, 3, 5, and 9, with all occurring from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday. While appointments are not required, each site will only have 805 at-home tests available while supplies last.

City Council President Margo Sommerville said:

"Given the current COVID-19 surge, supply chain disruptions and limited availability of testing appointments, we want to do our part in helping to make at-home test kits available in the communities with the lowest vaccination rates. We're distributing tests that offer live testing support from Certified Guides, ensuring a better sample collection, and improved confidence in results. The tests can be taken from your home, office or wherever you are, so long as you have a smart device and internet connection. Verified results are available in 15 minutes."

Tests will be limited to one per person in each vehicle. The locations are as follows:

  • Five Points – 670 West Exchange Street
  • Summit Lake Community Center – 380 West Crosier Street
  • Joy Park Community Center – 825 Fuller Street
  • Kenmore-Garfield High School – 2140 13th Street SW (only enter on Wyoming Street)

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