New COVID-19 Testing Options Available In Chautauqua County

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JAMESTOWN – Several new options to get tested for COVID-19 are underway in Chautauqua County, with take-home distribution happening in the Jamestown area this week.

City of Jamestown leaders announced on Monday that they will be giving away 500 rapid test kits at five sites around town. Each site will have 100 tests total, with recipients receiving two tests per kit, masks, hand sanitizer and information about COVID-19.

On Wednesday, the Prendergast Library will have kits starting at 1 p.m., the JCC Back Parking Lot near the Science Building will have kits from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and kits will also be available at the Persell Middle School Baker Street Bus Loop from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Then on Thursday, city leaders will distribute the remaining kits at the Christ First United Methodist Church from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Allen Park Ice Rink Parking Lot from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The sites will remain open until all kits are given away.

In nearby Falconer, village leaders are also giving away tests on Tuesday at the Community Building from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on a first come, first served basis. Proof of residency is required.

Countywide, New York State is hosting a testing site at SUNY Fredonia’s Jewett Hall on Thursday. Walk-ins are welcome from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments can also be made online at


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