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  • Pima County approves $3 million to support COVID-19 testing

    Dec 07, 2021 | Read More News
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    Kid getting COVID testThe Pima County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to authorize $3 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) contingency funds to support the Pima County Health Department’s ongoing COVID-19 testing program. 

    COVID-19 testing at Health Department sites has been supported by federal funds via the Arizona Department of Health Services as a pass-through agency, but that funding source is expected to be exhausted this month.

    “We continue to believe that the County’s investment in free and accessible testing is critical during the current COVID-19 surge,” said Acting County Administrator Jan Lesher in a memo to the board.

    Pima County offers free COVID-19 antigen rapid tests and PCR tests at centers and mobile events throughout the county, and has plans to expand hours at the Ellie Towne Center, Tucson Electric Power's downtown office and Liberty Plaza, with hours and days of operation to be decided soon.

    A complete schedule, hours of operation, and additional information can be found on the Pima County COVID-19 testing page.

    Additionally, Pima County is providing free BinaxNOW at-home self-test kits at all Pima County Public Libraries during their regular hours of operation. A list of library locations and hours of operation can be found on the Pima County Public Libraries website.

    Free BinaxNOW test kits will also be distributed at the Abrams Public Health Center, 3950 S. County Club Road, on Dec. 10 and Dec. 17 from 3 to 7 p.m. 

    The kits, which contain two tests, are limited to one kit per person. Any individual receiving a test kit will be asked to fill out a demographic information form.