New Mexico will send COVID tests to low-income neighborhoods

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is sending free COVID-19 home tests to low-income and underserved neighborhoods.

The state Health Department announced this week that more than 400,000 tests have been secured so far.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s goal is to procure 1 million rapid tests every two weeks to ensure residents have access to tests.

A nationwide shortage of testing kits has put school districts in a bind as they look to meet state requirements to keep students and staff in the classroom amid high case counts.

The Santa Fe school district noted that it cannot meet the testing mandate if the state cannot provide tests.