The development is part of a larger initiative in DC called the Test Yourself DC program, which offers people the option to either take a COVID-19 test kit home and drop off samples later in the day, or to take a COVID-19 test to place it.
Currently, the city runs the program in 16 public libraries, but this initiative would add 11 more sites where COVID-19 testing could be made accessible. The city said those 11 sites will be added next week.
The city said the added sites would allow “almost any DC within a 20-minute walk of a Test Yourself DC site,” according to the city’s press release.
The district, which has reimplemented an indoors mask mandate since late July, has seen a slight increase in new COVID-19 infections.
The city saw 125 new cases of COVID-19 and 133 the day before on Wednesday, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The district saw new daily cases rise to 196 infections on August 13. While those numbers may seem low compared to other cities, DC had reported new single-digit daily cases in June.
About 77 percent of DC residents aged 12 and older have been partially vaccinated and 66 percent are fully vaccinated, according to CDC data.
But despite the use of vaccines, the spread of the delta variant among unvaccinated communities has made efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic more difficult for states and cities nationwide.
Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave full approval for the Pfizer vaccine.
The move has given communities and businesses more hope that people who were previously hesitant to get vaccinated could consider getting vaccinated now.