UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — With a spike in positive COVID cases, Nassau County has announced plans to increase access to testing.

County officials say they’ll distribute 20,000 at-home COVID test kits.

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A drive-up distribution site at Mitchel Field Athletic Center in Uniondale is open until 2 p.m.

Residents will receive up to three free kits per car on a first come, first served basis.

Health officials hope access to testing will help people make informed choices.

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“If you know you’re positive, just stay home. Do no spread this to other people. The timing of this, right before New Year’s Eve, should help people avoid a situation where they’re potentially contagious and they go to an event and spread it to their loved ones,” said Nassau County Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein.

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The county is also partnering with Northwell Health to offer free PCR testing at Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn.

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Appointments are available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

CBSNewYork Team