KALAMAZOO, Mich. — In an effort to increase access and testing supplies, the Biden administration launched a new website for people to order free at-home COVID-19 tests.
Tests are in high demand and have been increasingly difficult to find.
"There’s a consensus that the United States could and should have invested more in rapid testing and testing in general for COVID-19," said Dr. William Nettleton, the medical director at the Kalamazoo County Health Department.
Covidtests.gov officially went live Wednesday.
Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order four rapid at-home COVID-19 tests.
The tests are completely free. You can order by filling out the form on the site with your contact information and shipping address.
There is a limit of one order per residential address.
The website states orders usually ship in 7 to 12 days and will be delivered by the United States Postal Service.
As of last Saturday, insurance companies and health plans are now required to cover eight free over-the-counter, at-home tests per covered individual, per month.
As cases of the omicron variant rise, health officials say testing is crucial to stop the spread of COVID-19.
"We all need to make testing more routine in our lives right now," said Nettleton. "It helps reduce the spread. If I know I’m positive, I can isolate and protect those around me from getting COVID."
Tests can be ordered on covidtests.gov.
To find a free testing site near you, visit Michigan.gov.
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