Doris Chow rolled down her window and gladly accepted an at-home COVID test kit from Glenville town supervisor Chris Koetzle.
She thanked him profusely before driving off so the next vehicle in line could receive a kit.
Chow was one of dozens of town residents who braved Saturday’s cold temperatures to take a quick spin through the parking lot of the Glenville Senior Citizens Center where the test kits were being distributed.
“We’ve been pretty careful,” the 67-year-old woman said about herself and her husband.
They haven’t tested positive and hope not to either. However, she said their neighbor has had a couple cases in his family.
She stopped to grab a test kit to keep on hand should she, her husband or even her neighbor need it.
“We’re just thankful,” she said about getting a kit.
One kit, containing two tests, was distributed to each vehicle.
Margaret Carroll, 67, also picked up a test kit to have just in case she needed it.
“I think this is wonderful they’re able to do this,” she said. “I’ve had a couple friends who have tested positive.”
So far, Carroll has been lucky enough to stay COVID free, she said.
“At my age, I’ve had to stay home a lot,” she said.
Carroll said she leaves the house mainly to participate in some exercise classes at the senior center and get groceries.
Jim Rulison,72, learned about the test kit giveaway from an email blast that Koetzle sent. He picked one up to have as he awaits receipt of the test kits he requested from the federal government, which is providing four rapid tests per household for free. That order is about two weeks out, he said.
Rulison is also a substitute driver for the senior center, meaning he tends to work with those most vulnerable to catching COVID.
“It’s nice to have just in case,” he said.
He said the test kits are handy, especially when it’s the time of year when symptoms of the common cold, flu and COVID are similar.
In total, the town had 1,000 kits to hand out, which were provided by Sen. Jim Tedisco, R,C-Glenville. Tedisco was also on hand to help distribute kits Saturday.
Tedisco said they don’t know when or how many kits they will be getting.
“As we get them, we get them out,” he said.
He also had N95 masks and hand sanitizer available for residents.
Getting the test kits is wonderful, Koetzle said, noting they were trying to get as many as possible into the hands of senior citizens.
“A large majority I’ve seen come by are senior citizens,” Tedisco said.
Schenectady County also announced it will open up the Ellis Medicine McClellan Street Health Center to all county residents for COVID testing beginning on Monday. Previously, it was only being used for school-related testing. The center will provide testing from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to a press release.