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Nassau gives out remaining test kits, leaving some in long lines frustrated

Bruce Blakeman, on his second day on the job as Nassau County executive, says the testing event at the Nassau Coliseum did go well considering what he inherited. He says the county was not prepared for the demand.

News 12 Staff

Jan 2, 2022, 11:25 PM

Updated 901 days ago

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Nassau County handed out the rest of their COVID-19 testing kits, but it didn't go as smoothly Sunday as it did on Saturday.
News 12 received many calls into the newsroom about people waiting in long lines and getting inadequate direction from police.
The county says it handed out its last 17,000 by 11 a.m.
Bruce Blakeman, on his second day on the job as Nassau County executive, says the testing event at the Nassau Coliseum did go well considering what he inherited. He says the county was not prepared for the demand.
“I think that once we were out of our supply, people got frustrated and angry, but we could only give out which we had, and like I said, when we came into office, the cupboard was bare. We filled it with 40,000 tests,” he said.
Blakeman says that he plans to work with the state and the federal government to get an additional 100,000 test kits by the end of the week.


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