Island cities to distribute COVID test kits

Down Island towns are distributing home testing kits. —Geoff Thors

Updated at 3:35 p.m.

Another round of free COVID test kits will be available to residents of Tisbury and Oak Bluffs starting next week.

On Monday, January 24, Tisbury residents can pick up test kits at Town Hall, Town Hall Annex, Fire Station and Vineyard Haven Public Library during normal office hours and until exhaustion of stocks. Additional test kits are expected weekly.

“In order to protect our staff, people who feel unwell are asked to refrain from entering city buildings for test kits,” a city press release read.

Oak Bluffs will distribute test kits to residents on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at City Hall from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. or while supplies last.

Edgartown is asking residents to re-register for test kit pickup the week of Jan. 24 through Jan. 28. Registration can be found here.

West Tisbury will distribute tests on January 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the town hall. Distribution sites will be at the West Tisbury Library and the Public Safety building. The aging council serving the elderly will start distributing tests. There will be another distribution on January 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Public Security building.

“You must bring your card to receive the number of kits assigned to you. If your family is receiving kits for the first time and you do not have a card, you will need ID verifying proof of residency,” the statement read.

The federal government is also offering four free test kits to every household. The federal program can be accessed through

Updated to include information on West Tisbury.

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