SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — With COVID-19 cases rising, at-home tests are in high demand. Sacramento Public Library teamed up with Sacramento County Public Health to hand out 45,000 free at-home kits Wednesday, but they didn’t last long.
The 28 library locations started handing out the test kits — each containing two tests — at 10 a.m. Wednesday. By noon, Sacramento Public Library announced every location had run out of kits.READ MORE: 49er Faithful Buy Tickets To NFC Championship Game After Rams First Restrict Purchase Options To LA Area
“We had no idea that it was going to go this fast,” said Cathy Crosthwaite, Deputy Director of Sacramento Public Library.
CBS13 spoke with disappointed people who showed up to the Central Library in Downtown Sacramento minutes after it ran out of its stock of 900 kits.READ MORE: 'My Life Got Better When I Met Her': Evacuees Engaged After Meeting At Caldor Fire Evacuation Center
“This is the second library we’ve tried,” said James Sofranko, who was hoping to take a test before a work trip tomorrow.
“They’re just impossible to find,” his wife Amanda Sofranko told CBS13. “You just kind of grab them if you can get them.”
Cathy Crosthwaite says at this point, there is no plan for the library to distribute more free tests. She told CBS13 that if Sacramento County Public Health does have more available, “We would love to have them so we can make it happen for the communities we serve.”MORE NEWS: Shelter-In-Place Lifted In Ceres After Fire Burns At Farm Supply Facility
The library says if people still need to be tested for COVID-19, there are free community test sites. Those details can be found here.