The demand for COVID-19 tests at home is increasing

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, California (CROWN) – The threat from the omicron variant has prompted Bay Area residents to struggle to find COVID-19 tests at home.

To help people in the East Bay, a supervisor takes matters into his own hands.

The proliferation of the omicron COVID-19 variant prior to the holidays has boosted demand for COVID test kits.

Large stores like CVS and Walgreens now limit how many home test customers can buy.

The lack of accessibility causes a county leader to step in and help.

This week, Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia’s office is handing out the test kits free of charge to those who have struggled to find them.

Lines outside the building in El Cerrito show that the community benefits.

Although the supervisor is happy to help West Contra Costa County community, he is disappointed that testing has not been more widespread.

President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced a plan to distribute 500 million home tests to Americans, but deliveries will not begin until January.

Gioia’s office has provided thousands of COVID tests so far this week, and he also hopes the supply from the county’s health services can keep up with demand.

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