WA’s state and federal government websites are still offering free COVID testing. Here’s how to order yours

If you’ve run out of the rapid tests you ordered in January, there are still rapid tests available in Washington State and the federal government.

While testing quickly ran out when the Washington Department of Health first launched its website earlier this year, the department now has plenty of testing available, according to DOH spokesman Frank Ameduri. “We have about 3.3 million tests going on and more on the way,” he said.

In March, Washington public health officials announced an expansion of their free COVID-19 testing program to allow up to two orders per household each month, while supplies last.

The White House also expanded its program in March to allow households to order a second batch of four more.

As of April 26, the Washington state program has received more than 1 million orders and distributed tests to more than 695,000 homes.

Order free home tests from the federal government

The federal government launched its site, COVIDTests.gov, in January. Originally, each household could request an order of four tests. Now, White House officials say orders are limited to two per household, with each order containing four rapid antigen tests. Tests are usually shipped within 12 days, according to the White House.

For help placing an order, call 800-232-0233 (daily 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. PST). In some cases, addresses may not be recognized as houses or multifamily units. If there is a problem because you believe an order has already been placed with your address, contact USPS at 800-275-8777 or file a service request at emailus.usps.com/s/the-postal- store inquiry.

Order free home tests from the federal government

Washington State also launched its website in January for ordering free tests, sayyescovidhometest.org.

Kits should arrive about one to two weeks after ordering, depending on the site. In some parts of the state, residents also have the option of getting tested locally, but people are urged to call their local health department first to check.

How to understand your tests

Do you know the difference between the different types of home tests? Familiarize yourself with the type of test that might be best for you, when to take them, and what to do if you test positive. Tests that people receive from Washington state or the federal government may also have an expiration date that is no longer accurate.

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