Niagara Falls Has ‘Run Out’ of COVID-19 Testing Kits
Niagara Falls has essentially run out of COVID-19 testing kits.
The Office of the Mayor of Niagara Falls said they have basically 'run out of' COVID-19 testing kits, according to WKBW. The City is pursuing using Community Development Block Grant funds to replenish the supply. According to the Buffalo News, public Covid-19 testing in the Falls stopped approximately three weeks ago.
Mayor Robert M. Restaino said the City plans on $50,000 to buy additional saliva testing kits for Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. A special City Council meeting is scheduled for this Friday to address the funding. Niagara Falls also received $100,000 from the CARES Act, which hasn't been spent yet and may be used to buy more testing kits.
With in school classes potentially starting soon, Niagara Falls will need public COVID-19 testing to be readily available. Parents, staff and children who don't have access to private testing, due to lack of insurance or money, will need access to public testing sites. According to WIVB, there were 11 new cases of COVID-19 in Niagara County and 55,202 people have been tested.