This story was updated December 25th at 1:00 p.m.
By Barrett Seaman–
The announcement on Thursday that the county was distributing half a million home test kits for COVID to Westchester municipalities was welcome news to residents frustrated by their inability to get tested before Christmas gatherings.
As it turns out, half a million doesn’t go very far. At 1:40 p.m. on Friday, Irvington sent out a message to residents saying kits were available on a first-come, first-serve basis. One hour and fourteen minutes later, a second message message went out saying the village’s supply “has been exhausted.” All 180 kits were taken.
Tarrytown avoided a similar rush by saying that it would hold off distributing the 450 kits it had received until Monday, the 27th.. Meanwhile, residents were advised to mask up and socially distance.
The Town of Greenburgh, which received 720 test kits from the county, has also decided to wait before handing them out. According to a message from Supervisor Paul Feiner, the town will distribute the kits (each of which contains two tests) until just before New Years Eve, “when many gather in their homes to celebrate.”
“Some of the kits will be distributed, one per unit, to residents in our low income housing units,” said Feiner. “The majority of the kits will be distributed first-come, first-serve, while the supply lasts, one per household, to residents in the unincorporated area,” he wrote, noting that the villages received their own allocation.
The free kits will be distributed next Wednesday or Thursday by the town’s Department of Community Resources at the Theodore D. Young Community Center.
‘Tis the season to be cautious….