You can get more free COVID tests from the US government: where and how to order now

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The US government is sending more COVID-19 test kits to households.

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You can now order four more free home test kits through COVIDtests.gov. And even as COVID-19[female[feminine cases continue to decline, get tested for coronavirus is more important than ever – especially now that mask mandates and vaccine requirements are coming to an end in the USA.

Even if you’ve already ordered and received the first round of COVID-19 test kits, you can still get more home tests. It takes less than 2 minutes and all you need to do is provide your contact details and delivery address. Test kits are available to those living in the United States and its territories.

Here’s how to order your free COVID-19 tests and what to do if you have any problems. To find out more, here what we know about home testing kits and how to pay for at-home COVID tests with your FSA or HSA.


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When can I get the second round of free COVID-19 tests?

As of Monday, March 7, you can now order more free COVID-19 test kits.

How to get your free COVID-19 tests

All you need to do is provide the Postal Service with some information to get your free test kits. You will not be asked to provide your credit or debit card details, as testing and delivery are free. Here’s how to get your free test kits.

1. Visit special.USPS.com/testkits. You can also get there via covidtests.gov.

2. Enter your contact details and shipping information.

3. Click on Pay now.

4. Check that your information is correct and select Place my order.

The Postal Service said it would begin shipping COVID-19 test kits in late January. All orders will be shipped via First Class Parcel Service.

People who can’t access the website or have trouble ordering online can call a hotline — 800-232-0233 — to order their free tests.

How can I track my order?

Once your order has been placed, you should receive a confirmation email. When your package ships, you will receive email notifications providing you with shipping updates, including a tracking number and estimated delivery date.

You can either click on the tracking link or copy and paste the tracking number into the postal service website tracker.

Home Covid-19 rapid test kit

More free COVID-19 test kits are coming.

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How many test kits can I get?

The Postal Service said each residential household is eligible for four free rapid home COVID-19 antigen tests per round, for a total of eight individual kits. Only one person per address can place an order for the free tests, even if you have more than four people living in your home.

Can I choose the test brand I want?

No, there is no option to choose the test brand you want. All tests will be rapid home antigen tests authorized by the Food and Drug Administration.

What are the issues with ordering free test kits by mail?

The USPS site had some difficulty recognizing certain addresses, especially for apartment buildings, multi-family homes, or residences tied to commercial properties. With households limited to four free tests, some residents of multi-unit buildings have been locked out due to a previous order from a neighbour.

The Postal Service said addresses not registered as multi-unit buildings can lead to difficulties. Some users have reported that adding an apartment number in the main address line, rather than the apartment number section, helped them order.

According to the Postal Service, those still having trouble placing orders should file a service request online or call 800-ASK-USPS.

Additionally, cold weather could be a possible issue with mail-out COVID-19 tests. Brief exposure to freezing temperatures won’t harm home tests, but leaving them in the cold for several days might. Be sure to track your package and get it inside promptly if you live in a cold climate.

For more information, read learn more about home COVID test kits. Also, here’s the latest on the Army’s efforts to develop a vaccine against all variants of COVID-19 and future coronaviruses.

The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical or health advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have about a medical condition or health goals.

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