Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order an additional 4 free at-home tests beginning November 20. If you did not order tests this fall, you may place two orders for a total of 8 tests.
Your order of COVID tests is completely free – you won’t even pay for shipping.
The U.S. government will continue to make COVID-19 tests available to uninsured individuals and underserved communities through existing outreach programs. Please contact a HRSA-funded health center or Increasing Community Access to Testing (ICATT) location near you to learn how to access low- or no-cost COVID-19 tests provided by the federal government.
Reporting Test Results
Your result matters – whether it’s positive or negative!
Report at-home test results to public health agencies at MakeMyTestCount.org
Need a COVID-19 test right away? The resources below are available.
At-home tests are available for sale around the U.S. Check with local retailers and pharmacies to see where at-home tests are available.
The tests available for order:
- Are rapid antigen at-home tests, not PCR
- Can be taken at home or other locations. Give results within 30 minutes (no lab drop-off required)
- Can be used for testing whether you have COVID-19 symptoms or not
- Can be used for testing whether you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines or not.
- Are also referred to as self-tests or over the counter (OTC) tests
- If you begin having COVID-19 symptoms like fever, sore throat, runny nose, or loss of taste or smell, or
- At least 5 days after you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19, or
- When you’re going to gather with a group of people, especially those who are at risk of severe disease or may not be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines
What if you test Positive?
A positive at-home test result means that the test found the virus, and you very likely have COVID-19.
If you test positive, follow the latest CDC guidance for isolation.
Treatments for COVID-19 are now widely available. If you test positive and are at high risk for severe COVID-19 (age 50 and over or you have a weakened immune system or other health conditions), talk to a doctor as soon as possible about available treatment options.
The Test-to-Treat program is one easy way to get treatment. Test-to-Treat locations will give you a test and treatment. Find a Test-to-Treat location near you
What if you test Negative?
A negative at-home test result means that the test did not find the virus, and you may have a lower risk of spreading COVID-19 to others. Check your test’s instructions for specific next steps. If you test negative, you should test again 48 hours after your first test. Take a third test, 48 hours after the second, if the second test was negative and you don’t have symptoms
If you test negative, follow the latest CDC guidance for self-testing.
Spread the Word
Let others in your community know about the availability of free tests.
The COVID-19 At Home Testing Digital Toolkit contains a variety of messages and graphics in English and Spanish that you can use on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, or Twitter.
Use these tools to tell people in your community how they can order free at-home tests.