As schools restart this week and people return to work after a winter break, you might need an at-home COVID-19 test to make sure your family is healthy.
KMBC on Monday reconducted a survey along Independence Avenue looking for rapid at-home COVID-19 tests in ZIP codes that have shown some of the highest rates of the disease during the pandemic.
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We found just three of five retail stores visited had the rapid at-home tests. The result is a slight improvement from a late-December survey by KMBC in several of the same stores. That survey yielded just two stores with tests in stock.
On Monday, both CVS locations at 2435 Independence Ave. and 5901 Independence Ave. had the tests in stock. Price Chopper at 5800 Wilson Ave. had the tests in stock, too. A Family Dollar did not stock the tests. A Walgreens at 5400 Independence Ave. did not have the tests in stock.
Video: Demand surges for at home COVID-19 tests (KMBC Kansas City)
Demand surges for at home COVID-19 tests
Two major pharmacy chains, Walgreens and CVS have seen major increases in demand during the past few weeks, according to statements from the companies. The companies have both placed limits on purchases.
Walgreens did not have any update to a statement from a couple of weeks ago KMBC:
“Due to the incredible demand for at-home rapid testing, we put in effect a four item purchase limit on at-home COVID-19 testing products in our stores and digital properties in an effort to help improve inventory while we continue to work diligently with our supplier partners to best meet customer demands. We refer you to manufacturers for questions on supply of individual products.”
CVS Health released this statement:
“We continue to work around the clock to provide stores with inventory of the five over-the-counter at-home COVID-19 tests we offer: Abbott BinaxNOW, Acon FlowFlex, Quidel Quickvue, Ellume, and Pixel by LabCorp. To ensure equitable access to tests both in store and digitally, we’ve added a limit of six test kits per purchase. Due to a recent surge in demand, and to retain community-based access to tests in our stores, there may be temporary out-of-stocks for these products on CVS.com. We’re committed to providing families with protection and …….