Starting Wednesday, Americans can go to a federal website to request delivery of free rapid coronavirus tests to their homes, according to the White House.
The launch of covidtests.gov is an attempt to remedy nationwide shortages, but tests will be limited to four per home, the White House said Friday.
Last month amid increasing criticism of his administration’s pandemic response, and as testing became more difficult, President Biden announced that he would purchase 500million at-home tests. This Week, he announced the administration would double the number to one billion as part of a longer-term commitment in order to make testing more accessible.
To order testing, Americans must provide their name and address. Shipping will be free. For those who are unable to access the website, a call line will be set up.
Americans should expect a wait after ordering. Officials said tests will “usually ship” within seven to 12 days, and will be sent through the U.S. Postal Service.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at-home testing when people are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, such as a fever, cough, sore throat and muscle aches, or as part of test-to-stay policies in schools and workplaces, or after they’ve been exposed.
“So, five days after they’ve been exposed to someone who has COVID-19,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said this week. “And, certainly, if yo