BOSTON (CBS) – The City of Boston wants to ramp up COVID-19 testing and has purchased 20,000 rapid at-home antigen tests to support its goal. They will be delivered to the communities with the highest COVID rates in the city for free.
“We will be handing out these free test kits as well as masks before the holiday season. Each kit will include information on what to do if you test positive and direct you to contact the Communicable Diseases Commission to report your positive and receive further instructions. ,” said Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, executive director of the Boston Public Health Commission and chair of the COVID-19 Advisory Committee.
The tests are part of four steps Boston is taking to combat the latest coronavirus spike. Other strategies include increasing access to vaccines and strengthening health communication.
On Monday, Mayor Michelle Wu announced her COVID-19 Advisory Committee, made up of doctors, public health experts and other community leaders.
In addition to Dr. Ojikuta, the committee members are:
- Dr. Sabrina A. Assoumou, MD, Louis W. Sullivan Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
- Kizzmekia Corbett, Assistant Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard School of Public Health
- Louis Elisa, President of the Garrison-Trotter Neighborhood Association, member of the Black Boston COVID-19 Coalition
- Paola García, Community Relations Manager, Tufts . Health Program
- Yvonne Garcia, Chief of Staff, State Street
- Temple Gill, Director of Public Relations and Strategic Partnerships, Huntington Theater Company
- Nia Grace, co-founder, Boston Black Hospitality Coalition, owner of The Underground Cafe + Lounge and Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen
- Julia Koehler, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
- Amy Latimer, President, TD Garden
- Brian Moy, restaurateur and owner of Shōjō and Ruckus
- Dinanyili Paulino, CEO, La Colaborativa
- Dr. Cassandra Pierre, MD, MPH, MSc, Medical Director, Public Health Programs, Boston Medical Center
- Jake Sullivan, Vice President of Government and Community Affairs, Boston University
- Tony Tjan, President and Co-Founder, Miniluxe
- Pastor Liz Walker, Senior Pastor, Roxbury Presbyterian Church
- Dr. Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH, Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health
- Dr. Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President, Equity, and Public Health at Massachusetts General Hospital.
https://boston.cbslocal.com/2021/12/06/covid-omicron-variant-boston-michelle-wu/ Boston buys 20,000 quick tests at home in latest efforts to fight COVID – CBS Boston