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More States Offer Free Home COVID-19 Testing Kits

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According to Pew Stateline More states are announcing plans for COVID-19 test kits at no cost at home for residents who request them.

Massachusetts and New Jersey announced this week that they will begin shipping free tests soon. Residents of Washington and New Hampshire began receiving rapid tests last month.

“With cases rising during the holidays, gatherings for family and friends and travel, it’s essential to be aware of your health, even if your symptoms aren’t serious,” Judith Persichilli (health commissioner for New Jersey), said at a COVID-19 conference.

New Jersey has seen an increase in the number of cases since November. Hospitalizations are starting to increase for residents over age, Stateline reported. In the past two weeks, the number of hospitalizations have increased by 81%..

Persichilli explained that the at-home testing program is a complement to the COVID-19 testing locations and is designed to help those who might have difficulty getting to the testing location.

Vault Medical Services offers free diagnostic services to New Jersey residents. The kit is shipped overnight by UPS. The test can be conducted online by the recipient who can also connect to the Vault representative via a remote connection. The kit comes with UPS packaging to return the sample, and the test results should be available within 2 days of Vault receiving the sample.

Massachusetts announced on Monday that 2 million kits for rapid testing would be free to the cities and towns in the state with the highest poverty rates. Local officials will give the kits directly to residents.

Gov. Charlie Baker stated in a statement.

Colorado has also ordered 2 million more COVID-19 at-home test kits according to KDVR in Denver. According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, more than 41,000 people have requested tests in December. Each order includes four tests. Each household can order twice per week.

“This is a no-cost solution for parents who want to test their children at home and frontline workers who wish to conduct their own weekly testing,” the department said.


Pew Charitable Trusts: Stateline Update: More States Offer Free COVID Testing Kits for Home Use.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts: “Baker-Polito Administration Announces 2.1 Million At-Home COVID Testing for 102 communities with high-need.”

KDVR: “Colorado orders 2 million more at-home COVID-19 test kits.”

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