As part of its effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, the City of Newport announced on Wednesday that they will be offering free at-home rapid test kits to any and all local non-profit and neighborhood groups interested in providing at-home kits to the community.

From churches and social service providers to neighborhood associations and cultural clubs, all Newport-based organizations are welcome to request an allotment of test kits for distribution either directly to their membership or as part of their respective COVID-19 venue protocols.

The free at-home test kits, which are being provided to the City from the Rhode Island Department of Health, will be available by request beginning later this week by visiting

While supplies are limited, the City is expected to distribute more than 4,000 kits through its community partners and at dedicated locations over the coming weeks.