Here’s how you can get a free COVID-19 test where you live

Every household in the United States is now eligible to receive four more free COVID-19 home testing kits.

To place an order, individuals must submit their name and address through the United States Postal Service website.

Shipping of testing kits is expected to begin the week of October 2. There is an order limit that includes four tests per residential address.

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The form warns individuals that some tests may show “expired” dates on the box, but the Food and Drug Administration has extended the dates. To determine if the dates have been extended, visit the FDA website for more instructions.

The White House told Axios it expects to have about 200 million tests from its new investment in 12 US manufacturers, with the intention of having the tests in use by the end of 2023.

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Don O’Connell, assistant secretary for preparedness and response at HHS, told the AP, “If there is a demand for these tests, we want to make sure they are made available to the American people in a way that is free of charge.” “But, right now, our focus is on the holidays and making sure people can take a test if they’re going to see Grandma for Thanksgiving.”

The news of the free COVID testing comes after 20,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations were reported for the first time since March, according to ABC News.

It also follows the rising dominance of the Omicron subvariant, EG.5, or Aeris. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID data tracker indicated that as of September 16, Eris accounted for a quarter of COVID-19 cases in the United States.

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