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At-home COVID tests run out quickly in Oriskany

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ORISKANY, N.Y. -- COVID-19 take-home test kits were going quickly at the Department of Public Works building in Oriskany on Saturday. Cars lined up past Judd Rd. starting at 8 a.m. to get one for themselves and their families.

1,000 tests were ordered for Oriskany, and that's how many were picked up within the first hour of the doors opening. It was a drive-thru pick-up, and anyone could come to get a kit for free. Oneida County Executive, Anthony Picente, said he was happy with the turnout because he can people care about wanting to lower case numbers.

"People are lined up but it's great to see because it tells me that people are concerned," Picente said.

Between the testing sites and pop-up vaccination clinics taking place in Oneida County over the past month, Picente said it's all part of the process of accepting the pandemic, now that it's been around for over two years.

"Now it's become a convenience thing. This is part of us learning and merging into living with this pandemic. As numbers go down and vaccine rate goes up, we won't have to do things like this anymore," Picente said.

Oneida County said they're unsure of when their next test kit pickup will be, but they did say they plan on having another one in the near future.

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