The federal government's test website, COVIDtests.gov, is scheduled to start accepting orders starting on Wednesday January 19, 2022.
Americans will be able to order free at-home COVID-19 test kits from the government, in the Biden Administration's ongoing effort to curb the latest, record-breaking coronavirus surge.
The Biden administration is using the website to distribute half a billion promised tests at no cost.
You can get four tests per household. They are expected to be mailed out seven to 12 days after your order.
There will also be a helpline to call and order tests.
Here are some frequently asked questions about the free COVID Home Test Program:
Q. How Do I Order a free COVID Home Test?
A. To order, you only need to provide your name and a residential mailing address — no credit card is required and no charge for shipping. If desired, you can share you email address and receive status updates on your order.
Q. How Many Free COVID Tests can I Get?
A. Every household can order up to four tests.
Q. When will I receive my free COVID Home Test?
A. Officials predict it will take anywhere from seven to 12 days for the tests to ship. All tests ordered in the continental United States will be shipped through First Class Package Service. Any shipments sent to Alaska, Hawaii, and the U.S. Territories — or that have APO, FPO, and DPO addresses — will be sent through USPS Priority Mail.
Q. What do I do if I test positive for COVID with the home test?
A. Those who test positive using an at-home test are asked to follow the latest CDC guidelines and communicate the results to their healthcare provider, who is responsible for reporting test results to the state health department.