State helps town order tests

From the Division of Local Services (DLS) at DOR this afternoon –

Baker-Polito Administration Announces COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits Available to Municipalities, Other Entities Direct from Manufacturers

The Baker-Polito Administration today announced contracts with COVID-19 at-home test manufacturers that will allow municipalities and eligible entities to begin the process of placing orders for rapid test kits for their constituents that utilize the state-negotiated prices on these contracts. These contracts build on an announcement earlier this month that the Administration secured 2.1 million iHealth Labs over-the-counter at-home rapid antigen tests that were delivered to 102 cities and towns in Massachusetts with the highest percentage of families below the poverty level, according to US Census data. Municipalities are eligible to utilize American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to purchase test kits.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts continues to take steps to ensure access to COVID-19 at-home rapid antigen test kits, which are a critical tool to mitigate transmission of COVID-19. As demand for these test kits remains high across the country, the Operational Services Division (OSD) is sharing this update to ensure that buyers such as municipalities, educational institutions, and other entities understand all options available to them.

Guidance is available for entities looking to purchase rapid test kits for distribution to their constituents, not individuals looking to purchase test kits. Information is also available related to the following: COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits Available Direct from Manufacturers COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits Available from Distributors Ancillary Goods Available for Purchase or Rent OSD Recommendations for Ordering Local officials with questions are encouraged to contact the OSD Help Desk at or at 1-888-627-8283. For detailed information on testing, visit

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