STATEWIDE — You can now order free at-home coronavirus tests through the federal government.
Every home in the United States is eligible to order the at-home antigen tests. Each package contains four tests and can be ordered from the covidtests.gov website.
The site was expected to go live Wednesday, but it was accepting orders as of 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The COVID-19 home tests available for order:
- Are rapid antigen at-home tests, not PCR
- Can be taken anywhere
- Give results within 30 minutes (no lab drop-off required)
- Work whether or not you have COVID symptoms
- Work whether or not you have been vaccinated for COVID
You do not need an ID, credit card, or health insurance card to place an order. All you need is your name and address.
The tests will be delivered in the mail through the U.S. Postal Service and will typically ship 7-12 days after ordering.
Once your order ships, you’ll get an email with an estimated delivery date and a tracking number. You can track your order at USPS.com.
The US Department of Health and Human Services says you should take an at-home test if you begin having COVID-19 symptoms like fever, sore throat, runny nose, or loss of taste or smell or at least five days after you come into contact with someone with COVID.
For more details about the program and the test, visit the COVID tests FAQ page.
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