San Bernardino County suspends distribution of COVID-19 test kits as supply runs out – Press Enterprise

San Bernardino County is suspending the distribution of free COVID-19 antigen test kits until new supplies become available.

Nearly 285,000 kits of two tests have been distributed to county-run testing sites and community organizations and local government agencies since the third week of December, county spokesperson David Wert wrote in an e-mail on Wednesday January 12.

It is not known when the county will receive additional kits.

“In the meantime,” Wert wrote, “residents who wish to obtain antigen self-tests should check with pharmacies and other retailers, online retailers and their health care providers.”

Residents should make an appointment for PCR tests if they believe they have been exposed to the coronavirus, Wert added.

The current winter wave of COVID-19, fueled largely by the omicron variant, has prompted several local universities to re-implement distance learning for at least the first month of the spring semester.

Local school districts, meanwhile, continue to face declining teacher and student attendance due to the tide of positive cases.

Some government agencies have closed city facilities to the public.

San Bernardino County currently has 10 testing sites and six open public health clinics with 8,000 tests performed daily. To check availability, visit online.

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