Tuesday January 31, 2023

How to order free rapid COVID tests from the US government

We have been urged to use COVID-19 rapid blood tests to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant. It’s been difficult to follow this suggestion due to long lines at COVID testing stations, high prices for home kits, and the difficulty of finding them. The US federal government created a website that allows you to order four free rapid tests per month for each household. Although the site was supposed to open on Wednesday, January 19, it opened a day earlier than expected.
It is very easy to place your order. You don’t need to provide a credit card number or other financial information.
Go to COVIDTests.gov
Click on the button that says “Order Free At Home Tests.”
If you don’t see the button for any reason, you can go directly to the USPS site (which is where the button would send you anyway) at special.usps.com/testkits.
Please fill in your name, email address (if desired to receive notifications), as well as your shipping address.
You can click on the green button “Check out Now” and you are done!
The USPS form to order rapid tests for free is very easy. However, it is highly popular. According to site analytics.usa.gov on Tuesday, January 18th at 2PM, more than 700,000 people had visited the website.
If you have problems accessing the internet, or if you need to place an order, there is a phone number: 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1888-720-7489).
The kits should be shipped within 7-12 business days, beginning in January. We’re still unable to perform rapid tests until then.
Notice: Some apartment dwellers have problems putting in an order when someone else has already done it.

Houston, there’s a problem! People at same street address but different apartment numbers are being refused free COVID test kits at https://t.co/Rm7vj6zgKS if another apartment dweller ordered first. This happened to me, and it’s not the first time. #USPS #CovidTesting pic.twitter.com/ZllXT7m6jq
Nicky Sundt (@NickySundt), January 18, 2022

If this happens to you, there are a few options. You can put your apartment number on your street address’s line, or use a word (such “suite” or “apartment”) instead of a hash sign. None of these solutions have been verified. We’ll let you be aware if we hear more. If you are still having trouble, you can call the 800 number above.
Update January 18th at 2:45 PM ET: Updated with information about possible problems when ordering from an apartment.
Update January 21st at 11:30 AM ET: Updated with the support number.

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