Farmworkers, migrants part of 12M free test kit relief campaign

Farmer standing in his field while wearing a mask, coronavirus pandemic concept

By Oregon Tax News,

A surge in coronavirus cases due to the Omicron variant prompted Oregon health officials to order 12 million at-home Covid tests to distribute free to vulnerable populations. The Oregon Health Authority will collaborate with partner agencies to give the iHealth Labs Antigen Rapid Test kits to local tribes, migrant and seasonal farmworkers, Head Start and K-12 schools, health-care workers, and shelters, according to the Portland Business Journal. The state previously purchased 1.46 million Abbott BinaxNOW rapid tests for distribution primarily to schools. Each of the new kits contain two tests, with results available in 15 minutes. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said the purchase attempts to stay ahead of the spreading virus and keep families safe as the latest surge saw Covid-19 cases triple from Dec. 21 through the end of the month to nearly 3,000.

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