Great news! You can test yourself at home for COVID-19. The Say Yes! COVID Test program is available to residents in Benton and Franklin Counties.

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Officials believe that adding testing at your gatherings will help prevent the spread of COVID in the community.

The kits are available just in time for Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays.

The test is easy with a quick swabbing inside each nostril. You collect your own sample and results are available within minutes.

The FREE COVID tests are available now to order online. There are also a limited number of home test kits available for pick up. Those kits are reserved for people who don't have the ability to order online. Members of Benton and Franklin Counties can call the Benton Franklin Health District at 509-460-4200 or 509-547-9737.

You can order your FREE COVID test kit here.

Even if you don't have symptoms, you can still spread COVID-19. Testing mandatory to know if you're infected.

Wearing a mask, frequent hand washing, sanitizing, and social distancing can protect you and others from being infected.

COVID symptoms include:

Cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Fever
Chills
Repeated shaking with chills
Muscle pain
Headache
Sore throat
New loss of taste or smell

Vaccinations are encouraged for everyone 5 years and older. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are authorized for people 18 and older. Pfizer is authorized for 5-years and older. Community COVID-19 vaccination clinics can be found here.

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Answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions

Vaccinations for COVID-19 began being administered in the U.S. on Dec. 14, 2020. The quick rollout came a little more than a year after the virus was first identified in November 2019. The impressive speed with which vaccines were developed has also left a lot of people with a lot of questions. The questions range from the practical—how will I get vaccinated?—to the scientific—how do these vaccines even work?

Keep reading to discover answers to 25 common COVID-19 vaccine questions.

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