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The Wright Center for Community Health distributing free at-home COVID-19 test kits


The Wright Center for Community Health will distribute free at-home COVID-19 test kits to the public on a first-come, first-served basis at its Mid Valley Practice, 5 S. Washington Ave., Jermyn, on Sunday, Jan. 9, beginning at 5 p.m. and continuing until supplies are exhausted. 

To minimize potential exposure to COVID-19 and to expedite the distribution process of the test kits, The Wright Center is asking those who need at-home test kits to pre-register by completing the form available here. Please print and provide the form to volunteers at the distribution event. The pre-registration process does not guarantee the availability of a test kit. 

The Wright Center is also reminding participants to abide by COVID-19 mitigation standards by wearing masks and remaining in their vehicles at all times.

“The Wright Center is honored and grateful to be a steward of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) COVID-19 Testing Supply Program,” said Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak, president and CEO of The Wright Centers for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education. “We humbly ask for everyone to exhibit patience and understanding as our volunteers perform their duties for this important initiative under very stressful circumstances.” 

The Wright Center for Community Health’s supplies will be replenished periodically as it receives additional shipments of COVID-19 at-home rapid test kits from HRSA. The shipments will be used to stock The Wright Center’s primary care practices, future community distribution events and Driving Better Health, its mobile medical unit that delivers primary health care services to rural communities and underserved populations in the region.

“By working together, we will be able to defeat COVID-19 and protect our family, friends, neighbors and colleagues,” Thomas-Hemak added. “The Wright Center remains committed and true to its mission of improving the health and welfare of our community.”

Future community distribution programs will be scheduled during nonclinical hours in the region as inventory warrants distribution to the public. Separately, due to high demand for primary care services, a limited number of test kits will be distributed during clinical hours only to patients and community partners with appointments at The Wright Center’s eight primary care practices in Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wayne counties. 

For complete and up-to-date information about The Wright Center’s community distributions of at-home COVID-19 test kits, please follow the organization’s social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or go to TheWrightCenter.org, where updates will be posted at the top of the homepage.

The Wright Center is respectfully asking the public to refrain from calling and going to clinical locations during normal business hours to ask about at-home test kits. Call volume and clinician capacity are reserved to address primary health services.

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