There’s a bit of good news out there for those who have been struggling to get their hands on home COVID-19 tests: you can now get a limited number for free.
Four rapid coronavirus tests can now be ordered from the United States Postal Service, and they’re completely free.
On Jan. 19, the Biden administration launched covidtests.gov, a landing page explaining that each household in the United States can place an order for four rapid at-home COVID-19 tests. The orders will be fulfilled by the United States Postal Service, and when you’re ready to order, you’ll be redirected to the USPS website.
There, you’ll fill out a simple form with your name, e-mail address, and mailing address. When all of your information has been entered, you’ll “order” your tests at zero cost. According to the site, they’re set to ship at the end of January.
According to the Associated Press, the Biden administration has ordered 1 billion tests for the initiative. All you need to do in order to take advantage is sign up on the postal service website.
The administration is also planning to distribute 400 million non-surgical N95 masks, dispersing them to pharmacies and health service locations around the country. This second program should be running by mid-February.
If, however, you need a PCR test, you can check with your local health department or urgent care as well as drugstores like CVS. For more information on COVID-19 including symptoms and isolation guidelines, check out the CDC.