Orange County has launched its at-home COVID-19 test program in partnership with cancer diagnostics firm and test maker Ambry Genetics in Aliso Viejo.

Residents in cities with the highest transmission rates, Anaheim and Santa Ana, can now pick up a saliva test kit at one of five community clinics or have one shipped to their home.

The OC Health Agency said it received an initial batch of 11,000 at-home test kits, which will increase to 500,000 by the end of the year. As test capacity grows, the program will expand to other OC cities, it said.

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“By making testing accessible and convenient, we would like you to work that into your holiday practices,” OC Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Andrew Do said at a press conference last Tuesday.

The at-home program is an extension of Ambry Genetics' Care for COVID service, which launched earlier this year to help businesses and schools safely reopen.

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