Starting today, every home in the U.S. is eligible to order a third round of free at-home COVID test kits. The previous two rounds in March and January only let people order four tests. Households in the US can now order eight at-home COVID tests, at no cost, through COVIDTests.gov, per a May 17 fact sheet published by the White House.
Note: These tests are rapid antigen at-home tests, not PCR tests, and you will get results at home within 30 minutes.
Per the CDC recommendations, you should take a test if you have COVID symptoms, if you've come in close contact with someone who has COVID (take the test at least five days after), or if you're gathering with a group of people and want to ensure you don't have COVID.
In January 2022, the Biden-Harris administration purchased one billion tests in an ongoing effort to prevent the spread of COVID. Since the surge of the highly-contagious omicron variant, at-home tests have been in high demand, but hard to find. Here's everything you need to know to order an at-home COVID test with ease.
How to Order Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests From the Government
- Go to the COVIDtests.gov website.
- Provide your name and a residential mailing address.
- Orders will ship directly to your home by USPS in 7 to 12 days, and no shipping fees will be charged.
If you are unable to access the website, The White House original press release stated, "To ensure equity and access for all Americans, the Administration will also launch a call line to help those unable to access the website to place orders, and work with national and local community-based organizations to support the nation's hardest-hit and highest-risk communities in requesting tests." You can call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489) to get help in English, Spanish, or more than 150 other languages from 8am to midnight ET, seven days a week. If you need a COVID test right now, here's how to find a testing site near you.
POPSUGAR aims to give you the most accurate and up-to-date information about the coronavirus, but details and recommendations about this pandemic may have changed since publication. For the latest information on COVID-19, please check out resources from the WHO, the CDC, and local public health departments.
— Additional reporting by Angelica Wilson