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Posted on: January 12, 2021

Free Rapid Covid-19 Testing

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Mayor Teri Johnston and Assistant City Manager Patti McLauchlin, on behalf of the City of Key West, presented the Keys Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) with a check for over $171,000 for rapid Covid-19 testing.

The money is a portion of the $1.3 million reimbursement from Monroe County for a portion of the losses experienced due to the pandemic. During last week’s City Commission meeting, the Commission voted unanimously to reach out to social services to try and put the money where it is needed most. In addition to the rapid tests, portions of the money will be used for rental assistance, utilities, food, medical, and other essential needs. United Way of Collier and the Keys, along with the Sister Season Fund, will oversee the distribution of these funds.

AHEC Executive Director Michael Cunningham said that the 3,000 tests have arrived and will begin being deployed today. Free rapid testing crucial for anyone who has been exposed and cannot afford to wait for a swab test.

According to Cunningham, the free rapid tests are available for residents of Key West and employees of businesses licensed in the city. In order to find the locations for the tests, visit and click on “Key West Rapid Tests.” Appointments are strongly encouraged.

 photo of check being presented

In the photo: AHEC Executive Director Michael Cunningham, Mayor Teri Johnston, and Assistant City Manager Patti McLauchlin, who is holding a box of the tests that are available free to Key West residents and workers

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