Wednesday, January 19, 2022
For Immediate Release
Tyngsborough Purchases 5,000 At-Home Rapid COVID-19 Tests for Distribution to Residents
Tyngsborough, Massachusetts– At a duly posted meeting held on Monday, January 10, 2022, the Tyngsborough Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to approve the purchase of 5,000 at-home COVID-19 rapid tests. These tests were purchased cooperatively with the Towns of Dracut and Methuen through state contracts procured by the Baker Administration. The tests will be made available at no charge to Tyngsborough residents. An initial presentation on the distribution details was made at the January 10th meeting.
The tests are expected to ship early next week and will arrive up to 5 days later. As more concrete delivery estimates become available, we will provide updates. The Town’s plan is to schedule the first town-wide distribution for the first Saturday following delivery of the tests. Messaging will be distributed through the Town’s website, social media, reverse 911, and on the digital reader boards throughout Town.
300 tests will be reserved for direct delivery to homebound seniors and residents at Brinley Terrace. An additional 400 tests will be reserved for distribution at the Council on Aging to Tyngsborough Seniors. The remaining 4300 tests will be distributed to Tyngsborough residents during two distribution events. The first event will be held on a Saturday (date to be determined) at Tyngsborough Elementary School and will be a drive through event. The second event will be held at Town Hall on the following Wednesday from 12-7. Two kits (four tests) will be distributed to each household that participates. If additional tests remain following the two distribution events, they will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the Board of Health office until supplies run out. Residents will not be charged for these tests.
The Fire Department, Veteran’s Office, and Council on Aging will work collaboratively with Administration and the Board of Health to identify homebound seniors. Homebound seniors or their caregivers may also contact the Board of Health to be added to the homebound list. The Board of Health can be reached by calling 978-649-2300 x118.
Contact: Assistant Town Administrator Colin Loiselle