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Columbus Public Health distributes free COVID-19 test kits

COVID test kits being distributed by Columbus Public Health.
Natasha Williams

Columbus Public Health is trying to stop the spread of COVID-19 over the 4th of July holiday weekend. They are offering free COVID test kits this Tuesday and Wednesday. Health officials are encouraging friends and family to test before gathering for the holiday.

Columbus resident Patricia Leggett stopped by the Columbus Public Health building on Parsons Avenue to pick up test kits. She wants to do what she can to protect her loved ones when they visit.

Columbus Public Health COVID test kits distribution site on Parsons Avenue.
Natasha Williams
Columbus Public Health distributes COVID test kits.

"I'm around people a lot, so I want to make sure that I don't get it," she said.

Mike McClellan also stopped by to get test kits. The 71-year-old said he and his wife have been fortunate not to get COVID, and they want to do their part to keep others safe.

"If we would get it, with the test we can find out quicker and then have it taken care of earlier and hopefully not have it as bad," he said.

Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts said COVID has not gone away, and we must use every tool we have before we gather for the summer holidays and activities.

You can pick up your free COVID test kits at Columbus Public Health on Parsons Avenue, or the fire stations on West Broad and Cleveland Avenue from 10 am to 2 pm on Tuesday and from 2 pm to 6 pm on Wednesday.

Columbus Public Health is also offering free fentanyl test strips and Narcan at the sites.

Williams was a reporter for WOSU. Natasha is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and has more than 20 years of television news and radio experience.