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Information on free COVID tests from federal government

Graphic from the California Department of Public Health

The federal government has launched a website that allows individuals to order free at-home COVID-19 antigen tests delivered directly to one’s home.

  • Order online at
  • Every home in U.S. can order four (4) free at-home COVID-19 tests
  • Tests are free and will be shipped by the U.S. Postal Service
  • Tests should arrive within 7-12 days from order

The tests available for order:

  • Are rapid antigen at-home tests, not PCR
  • Can be taken anywhere
  • Give results within 30 minutes (no lab drop-off required)
  • Work whether or not you have COVID-⁠19 symptoms
  • Work whether or not you are up to date on your COVID-⁠19 vaccines
  • Are also referred to as self-tests or over-the-counter (OTC) tests

If you need a COVID-⁠19 test now, please see other testing resources for free testing locations in your area.

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