News Release - Mayor Smith Announces Free, At-Home Rapid COVID-19 Test Kit Distribution

City of Rochester

News Release

(Thursday, December 9, 2021) – Mayor James Patrick Smith announced today that free, at-home, rapid COVID-19 test kits will be available at selected R-Centers and City Vaccine Clinics beginning Saturday, Dec. 11. Rochester received over 100,000 test kits from Monroe County as part of ongoing community efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The kits will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the following sites:

  • Sat., Dec. 11: Adams Street R-Center, 85 Adams St.;
  • Sat., Dec. 11: Thomas P. Ryan R-Center, 530 Webster Ave.;
  • Sat., Dec. 18: Trenton and Pamela Jackson R-Center, 485 N. Clinton Ave.; and
  • Sun. Dec. 19: Edgerton R-Center, 41 Backus St.

“As we prepare for the holidays, I encourage everyone to test before gathering with family and friends,” said Mayor Smith. “The best gift we can give our loved ones is ensuring that we all can enjoy the holidays safely and without the fear of contracting or spreading COVID. These free tests are easy to use and provide quick and accurate results. With multiple distribution sites over a number of dates, we are making these test kits as accessible as possible.”

In addition to the providing free, rapid test kits to the public, the City along with its County and medical community partners continue to offer vaccinations and boosters at multiple locations throughout the City. Current information on testing and vaccine sites is available For future sites where kits may be made available and to learn about community resources for food, shelter, mental health and other COVID-related needs, visit

“I want to thank Monroe County Executive Adam Bello and his team for their leadership to make these tests available. Mayor-Elect Evans and I continue to discuss efforts to protect our residents and I am also grateful for his ongoing support, leadership and guidance. It takes the entire community to combat the pandemic and I ask everyone to do their part by getting vaccinated, testing before attending gatherings and masking up in public, indoor spaces. I know that together, we can finally turn the tide.”