Free COVID-19 tests once again available from federal government. Here’s how to get them

Free COVID-19 tests once again available from federal government

As winter approaches and respiratory illness season picks up, U.S. households are once again able to place orders for at-home COVID-19 tests from the federal government.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, orders for free tests opened back up on Monday, and will continue as long as supplies exist.

All households are eligible to order up to four free at-home COVID tests, but those households that did not order them earlier this fall can receive up to eight, according to the government.

Tests can be ordered at COVID.gov.

Additional tests are still available for uninsured individuals and underserved communities through a series of federal outreach programs, which can be found via the CDC’s website.

The at-home tests are designed to give results within 30 minutes, according to officials. The tests can be used whether a patient is symptomatic or not, and whether they are up-to-date on their COVID shots.

Testing is recommended for individuals who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID, including fever, sore throats, or a runny nose. Tests are also recommended for those who come into close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID, or for those anticipating gathering around the holidays.