Free at-home COVID tests now available through government website

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Wednesday, Jan. 19, is the day you can order free at-home COVID-19 tests through the federal government at

The at-home tests are available for every residential address in the U.S.

Each package contains four tests and can be ordered from the COVID tests dot gov website.

The tests are rapid antigen at-home tests, can be taken anywhere and give results within 30 minutes.

You don’t need an I-D, 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

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.

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Charles U Farley January 19, 2022 at 10:40 am


Except to the taxpayers who are actually paying for it , whether they want to or not.

Slacker06 January 19, 2022 at 5:20 pm

Nothing the government provides is free. Government has to first take money from people who created it to pay for something. Whether it is a $40-milloin fighter plane, a multi-billion dollar aircraft carrier, or a simple home Covid test kit. Of course they can commit our grandchildren and their grandchildren to massive debt to spend money they do not have.

On the other hand, reports are that the home test kit web site is garbage. There is no field for an apartment number among other issues. So I guess apartment dwellers do not qualify for a “free” test kit. Good luck getting your “free” test kit. I’m waiting for the government to give away free intelligence test kits.


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