PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island municipalities are announcing more opportunities for residents to collect free COVID-19 test kits.

Gov. Dan McKee announced the state received an additional 500,000 at-home tests from private vendors, meaning the state will have distributed a million tests in about a month.

McKee said 70% (350,000 tests) will be given to cities and towns based on each community’s population size. The governor’s office said municipalities should start having tests on hand sometime the week of Jan. 31.

The remaining 30% (150,000 tests) will be distributed through roughly 30 community groups like faith-based organizations, cultural organizations and housing authorities. McKee’s office said these organizations should start getting tests on Friday and will continue to receive them the week of Jan. 31.

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Free test kits will be handed out beginning Thursday, Feb. 2 (while supplies last) during normal business hours at:

  • Barrington Public Library (circulation desk), 281 County Road
  • Peck Center for Adult Enrichment -Senior Center, 281 County Road
  • Town Hall (clerk window), 281 County Road


On Wednesday, Jan. 26, the town announced it will offer COVID-19 test kits to senior residents and those who are immunocompromised. For more information or to receive a kit, please contact Coordinator of Senior Services Mary Ann Quinn at (401) 253-1611 or


The town’s police department announced more tests would be distributed in a drive-through event on Saturday, Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Jesse Smith Library. There is a a limit of one box per resident.

Local businesses and non-profits can also pick up tests at the library by appointment only. You can call (401) 710-7800 to coordinate a day and time.

Central Falls

No new distribution events have been announced yet.


The town is holding another round of distribution in which test kits can be picked up by residents ages 50 and older and those with underlying health conditions at the senior center on Park Lane. The kits will be available while supplies last, and proof of residency must be shown.

60 and older

  • Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, 9 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, 9 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.

50 and older, underlying conditions

  • Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, 9 – 11 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.

Residents with questions can call the town’s COVID-19 Information Hotline at (401) 218-1968 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


No new distribution events have been announced yet.


Central Library will be distributing a limited quantity of COVID-19 home test kits, with a limit two boxes per household while supplies last.


No new distribution events have been announced yet.

East Greenwich

Residents and business owners may receive their free at-home kits during the following days & times at the Swift Community Center at 121 Peirce Street or the Recreation Center on 1127 Frenchtown Road while supplies last:

  • Swift Community Center:
    • Wednesday Feb. 2, 1:00pm – 4:30pm
    • Thursday, Feb. 3, 1:00pm – 4:30pm
    • Friday, Feb. 4, 1:00pm – 4:30pm
  • Frenchtown Recreation Center 2/2 – 2/4: Wednesday through Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm

East Providence

The city has received more at-home COVID-19 test kits for residents and businesses. Businesses are asked to fill out a form to received kits. The allotment is limited and kits will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis, so businesses are encouraged to register early.


On Saturday, Feb. 5 from 10 a.m. until noon, the town will distribute Rapid COVID Home tests to residents that are 65 or older at a drive-through site at the Library. Proof of address will be needed, and there is a limit of two tests per household.


Foster EMA Director Jayme Pirzynski says his team is working to figure out the best way to hand out tests.

“As Foster, didn’t receive many to begin with, we’re the bottom of the list population wise,” Pirzynski told 12 News.


Glocester Emergency Management Agency Director Gerry Mosca tells 12 News Glocester will be receiving another 1620 Kits.  Per instructions from the state and FEMA, Mosca says the tests are being distributed in this prioritized order: schools, group homes, Glocester Housing Authority, Glocester Senior Center, and medical public safety.

The remainder will be distributed to targeted vulnerable residents.  Mosca says the time and place of distribution will be disseminated by a CodeRED notification. 


Hopkinton Town Manager Brian Rosso tells 12 News the town is planning to receive roughly 2,500 kits to distribute to the public.

The town is holding two drive-thru events at the town’s Public Works Complex on 395 Woodville Rd. for residents to pick up an at-home test kit.

  • Thursday, Feb. 3 from 12 pm – 2 pm for residents age 70 or above
  • Saturday, Feb. 5 from 9 am – 12 pm for all residents.   

Residents will have to show either a driver’s license or a utility bill with their name and a Hopkinton address to get a kit. 


The police department announced the town has received an additional 900 take home COVID test kits. These will be distributed on Thursday, Feb. 3 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Officers will distribute them at the Jamestown Golf Course on a first come-first serve basis.


No new distribution events have been announced yet.


The Town of Lincoln has received take-home Covid-19 test kits for distribution from the State of Rhode Island FEMA and RIEMA recommend distribution of these kits to include schools, senior population, as well as health equity zones. Lincoln be offering distribution beginning at the Senior Center and Lincoln Public Library. Test kits (one per person) are limited to Lincoln residents only, and proof of residency is required.

Senior Center: 150 Jenckes Hill Rd, Lincoln, RI 02865

– Please go to front desk, with license to show proof of residency
– Only one (1) test per person.
– Normal business hours: Monday through Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

Lincoln Public Library: 145 Old River Rd, Lincoln, RI 02865

– Please go to front desk, with license to show proof of residency.
– Only one (1) test per person.
– Normal business hours: Monday through Thursday 9:00am-8:00pm, Friday & Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm

Lincoln Public Schools: A limited number of kits have been given to Lincoln Public Schools to assist with distribution to Lincoln families. If you have a child in Lincoln Public Schools please check with the school.

Little Compton

On Sunday Feb. 6, members of the Little Compton Fire Department will be distributing COVID-19 at home test kits. Distribution begins at 11:00 AM at the Public Safety Complex and will continue while supplies last. A proof of residency is required for pick up. The police department notes residents that have previously received test kits are not eligible for additional kits.


The town recently received 2,700 test kits and announced residents 55 and older can pick up a free at-home test on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Middletown Senior Center at 650 Green End Ave. A picture ID is required.


Narragansett residents can visit the Narragansett Community Center located at 53 Mumford Road, Narragansett on Thursday, Feb. 3rd between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM.  Call 401-782-0611 with any questions.  The Town of Narragansett has a limited number of test kits available for distribution.

New Shoreham (Block Island)

No new distribution events have been announced yet.


No new distribution events have been announced yet.

North Kingstown

The town announced it will be distributing test kits to residents Sunday, Feb. 6 from :00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the North Kingstown Community Center on 30 Beach Street.

Residents must bring proof of residency (driver’s license/ utility bill, etc), and distribution is limited to two tests per person while supplies last.

For further information, contact Scott Kettelle, EMA Director at (401) 294-3346 extension 7200.

North Providence

No new distribution events have been announced yet.

North Smithfield

No new distribution events have been announced yet.


The Pawtucket Public Library and Leon Mathieu Senior Center will be open during normal business hours if Pawtucket residents are in need of a free take-home COVID-19 test.

  • Leon Mathieu Senior Center, 420 Main Street, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. -4:00 p.m.
  • Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer Street, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. -8:45 p.m., Friday & Saturday 9:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m.


Portsmouth Emergency Management Director Ray Perry tells 12 News the town has received another 2,700 kits (2 tests per kit).  One kit will be provided to each person schools, health equity zones (HEZs), group homes, State-run nursing homes, non-congregate shelters, testing sites and medical facilities.


Test kits will be distributed from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at West Broadway Neighborhood Association (1560 Westminster St.) The event is for Providence residents only and there will be a limit of one kit per person.


The town announced it received 1,150 kits, and is planning a drive-through rapid test kit distribution on Saturday, Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The town asked to be prepared to prove Richmond residency by having your ID ready when you get to the head of the line.

The announcement also noted there will be a one-way flow of traffic through the Town Hall parking lot entering from the Route 112 side as indicated on this map. There is only one line so if you are traveling Route 138 West to Town Hall you may need to go around the Town Hall to get into the line.


No new distribution events have been announced yet.


The town manager announced Smithfield will be hosting a Walk-In COVID PCR Test and At-Home Test Kit Pickup Event Saturday, Feb. 5 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Smithfield Senior Center (1 William J. Hawkins, Jr. Trail). 

As part of the free walk-in testing event, at-home testing kits will be given out to each person tested or you may pick-up a kit (one kit per car, while supplies last) at the drive-up point and test at home. An ID is required to pickup tests, and the town is asking residents not to arrive early.

To accommodate increased traffic expected, town officials are asking residents to use the Indian Run Trail side of Deerfield Park to access the Senior Center and use the Deerfield Drive side to exit.

Besides the event on Saturday, kits can be picked up at the town’s testing site located at 9 Cedar Swamp Road, Wednesdays from 3:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturdays 12:00-5:00 p.m.

South Kingstown

The town announced kits are now available to South Kingstown residents ages 55+ who have not already received one. They can be picked up at the senior center from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. while supplies last.


No new distribution events have been announced yet.


Warren Fire Chief James Sousa tells 12 News the town has supplied more at-home tests local schools and the senior center.


Mayor Frank Picozzi announced on Facebook that the Warwick Public Library picked up more COVID tests from the senior center after running out of their supply, and now have about 1,000 kits for pick-up.

West Greenwich

No new distribution events have been announced yet.

West Warwick

West Warwick Fire Chief J Jeffrey Varone tells 12 News with the town’s latest allotment, schools, senior living facilities, nursing homes, the library and senior center are being supported. West Warwick residents can pick kits up during normal business hours from the library and senior center.


The police department shared an additional date, time and location for at-home COVID-19 test kit distribution for Saturday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Westerly Police Department, 60 Airport Road.

The kits are first-come, first-serve. The police department asks if you have already received a test kit to not show up for another one to allow everyone in the community to be able to get a test kit.


No new distribution events have been announced yet.