County rapid test kit supply runs out, City extends public facility closures

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As of Monday, Yolo County’s supply of free antigen rapid kits had run out until county officials receive an additional supply from the state.

Yolo had been hosting drive-thru events across the county to pass out the free antigen rapid test kits to community members who had tested positive for COVID and were in need of an antigen test to reduce their isolation timeframe.

Winters City Manager Kathleen Salguero Trepa notified the Express on Monday to confirm the County had exhausted its supply of 10,000 antigen rapid kits, and there was not an estimated timeframe of when it might be replenished.

The free at-home COVID-19 test kits from the US Government are still currently available. The tests are rapid antigen at-home tests, not PCR. Limited to four kits per household, residents must have a residential address on file with the US Post Office.

To order the kits, begin the process by filling out the form available at or by calling 800-232-0233. Kit orders are expected to ship in 7-12 days after ordering.

Free community testing opportunity is available to the Winters community through a partnership with COVID Clinic and the Winters Joint Unified School District. The testing locations and schedules, and registration links are available online at

Yolo County is continuing to offer COVID-19 vaccine clinics and at-home vaccines to residents. To check the vaccine clinic schedule or to make an appointment, visit or call toll-free 1-833-422-4255.

To receive an in-home vaccination, call to schedule a visit Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for English: 530-902-3230 or Spanish: 530-220-6481.

City services closed

Trepa also confirmed that services at City Hall and the Public Safety Facility will remain closed to the public for another week or two, and city staff will continue offer primarily remote services. Staff are only available by appointment.

“You can pay your utility bill and business license renewal online, apply for a business license online and conduct most business with staff through email, phone calls or curbside/outdoor visits,” Trepa said.

Visit the City of Winters website at for department and staff contact information and to utilize online services.

Residents who are unable to find what or who they need to contact from the website should call the Main Line at 530-795-4910 and follow the prompts or press 0; a staff member will answer.

The The Winters Fire and Police Public Safety Facility lobby remains closed to walk up service.

Residents in need of services through the police or fire departments are advised the following:

  • For emergencies (crime in progress or immediate medical assistance), call 911.
  • To reach a police officer for non-emergencies, call dispatch at 530-795-4561
  • To reach an on-duty Fire captain, call 530-795-4131, and press option 6.
  • For Fire Department non-emergencies, call Fire dispatch at 530-666-8920.
  • For community members who walk up to the building, there is a call button to speak with staff inside. Press the button and someone will ping back to assist.

Residents seeking services through the Finance Department:

  • Business license renewals, applications, and payments can be made at (a hyperlink with a button at the bottom of the City’s website)
  • Utility payments can be at and click on either one time or returning customer portal buttons at the bottom of the home page.
  • Payments can be made in a secure payment box in front of city hall, which is checked regularly.

The City will continue to evaluate their availability to consider opening in-person services again. Trepa said the City is short staffed during the current omicron surge.

“When we can stabilize staffing, we’ll open the doors,” Trepa said.

In-person, walk-in services were suspended on Wednesday, Jan. 12.

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