DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – There are growing concerns about the supply of COVID-19 home test kits to the Miami Valley. Demand for over-the-counter kits is increasing, leading to stockouts in stores and pharmacies across the region.
Dayton Metro Library said the shortage is due to a combination of increasing cases, the new omicron variant, and anticipation of vacation and travel gatherings.
âWith this demand comes a shortage, and unfortunately we haven’t been able to keep the kits in stock. They go out as quickly as they arrive,â said Claudine Bennett, external relations manager at the Dayton Metro Library. .
According to the Ohio Department of Health, libraries have distributed more than 1.4 million tests across the state. Dayton Metro Library distributed approximately 7,500 of them.
âWhen we receive them, we receive around 1,000 kits. We distribute them to all of our branches, but we never know when they will arrive, âBennett said.
Health officials say rapid antigen tests aren’t as accurate as PCR lab tests, but it’s a great option if you’re planning on getting together with family and friends.
âTesting yourself before you go is a good idea. Just remember that a negative result doesn’t definitely mean you don’t have covid, which is why some have suggested doing two tests, maybe a day apart, âsaid Dr Jeffery Weinstein by Kettering Health.
In addition to branches of the Dayton Metro Library, you can also pick up a home test at most drugstores, as long as they are in stock.
âWe hope to receive another shipment before Christmas and the New Year. We don’t know if this is a manufacturing delay or if the demand is too high, âBennett said.
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