(Washington, DC) -- Free at-home COVID-19 tests are now available from the federal government.
Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of four rapid antigen COVID-19 tests by going toCOVIDtests.gov. There's a button to click on that leads to a Postal Service page where folks can enter their information and order their tests. There's a limit of one order per address and they start shipping out in late January. According to the White House, the tests will typically ship 'within seven to 12 days of ordering.' The CDC recommends testing five days after exposure to COVID-19 or as soon as symptoms occur.
Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4free at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.
If you would like to get tested a testing site:
HHS has partnered with pharmacies and retail companies to accelerate testing for more Americans in communities across the country. These companies are coordinating with state and local governments to:
- Provide Americans with faster, less invasive and more convenient testing
- Protect healthcare personnel by eliminating direct-contact with symptomatic individuals
- Expand testing to communities across the United States, especially those that are under-tested and socially vulnerable
Please visit these companies' websites to learn more about their efforts to provide timely and accessible COVID-19 testing or to schedule an appointment.
- CVS Health
- Local independent pharmaciesin partnership with Health Mart, eTrueNorth, and TOPCO
- Rite Aid
- Walmart in partnership with Quest Diagnostics
Health centers are an important component of the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Find a health center near you for available COVID-19 screening and testing. Please call the health center for more information about availability of low or no-cost testing.
Health centers provide COVID-19 testing services to individuals who meet criteria for COVID-19 testing, regardless of their ability to pay. Health centers will determine whether there is available reimbursement, funding, or compensation sources, and any related cost sharing restrictions for COVID-19 testing prior to billing patients. If there are any out-of-pocket costs—for example, in the case of no or only partial coverage by private insurance—health centers will provide sliding fee discounts for eligible patients based on income and family size.