ALBUQUERQUE, NM — The city of Albuquerque has begun distributing home COVID-19 testing in areas where it has been determined the testing is most needed.
The city is working to distribute about 80,000 home tests — the federal first round of supplies — starting in areas of high social vulnerability. The Barelas Senior Center was one of the first stations. City officials distributed kits on Friday.
“Many seniors unfortunately may have more health issues and we want to make sure they are safe and feel like they can come to the center or do other activities by having a test in their hands,” said Alan Armijo, deputy Director of Elderly Affairs for the City of Albuquerque.
Each person who stops by will receive four kits – a total of eight COVID-19 tests.
“Well, you see, it’s a precautionary measure and if everyone was taking precautionary measures we wouldn’t be in the position we are in now,” said Benjamin Garcia, a local resident who picked up some test kits on Friday.
Garcia and his daughter Dolly stopped by Friday for another tool to help prevent the virus.
‘I told him that. Does he have a sore throat? does he have a cough Does he have temperature? And since the hospitals have so many people, it’s so important to get tested beforehand,” Garcia said.
The city has 25 locations designated for distribution, including community centers, libraries, and local organizations. Eventually there will be test instructions in 12 different languages - a way of making it accessible to every New Mexican.
“These tests were needed from the start, now they’re finally getting into people’s hands,” said Michelle Melendez, director of the City of Albuquerque’s Office of Equity. “Testing will be one of the best strategies to stop transmission.”
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