Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Department of Health are in the process of securing more than 1 million at-home COVID tests by next week to launch the state’s free at-home rapid testing program, according to a press release from NMDOH.
In the next week, these rapid antigen home test kits will be distributed to emergency managers across 26 counties to the 79 zip codes with the highest social vulnerability index, according to the release. Tribal communities will also receive test kits.
After this initial allocation of tests, the program will expand based on available supply of tests to include a pro-rata distribution to counties across the entire state, per the release.
“I am committed to doing everything we possibly can to get the resources needed, despite national testing shortages,” Lujan Grisham said in the release. “I have directed the Department of Health to procure 1 million rapid tests every two weeks to ensure that every New Mexican has access to this critical tool in our fight against COVID-19.”