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California will distribute Covid test kits to child care providers

California has a statewide distribution of at-home Covid-19 tests for child care providers planned for the end of January, as the LAist reported, which may provide some relief for caregivers scrambling to find tests and masks during the latest surge.

The California Department of Public Health has distributed more than 9.6 million tests to California public schools, as the LAist reported, and the U.S. Postal Service is also making free test kits available to the public, but it remains unclear if these resources will fully meet the demand. Each household is eligible for four test kits.

The state’s plan is to send coronavirus test kits, masks and other supplies to local child care resource centers and referral agencies during the last two weeks of this month. Those central agencies will be charged with distributing the supplies to local child care providers.

“The state will continue coordinating with child care providers to get them the resources they need,” said a spokesperson from Gov. Gavin’s Newsom’s office, as the LAist cited.