Postal service

Free at-home COVID-19 test kits still available through the Postal Service

March 2, 2022, 10:19 a.m. HST

The US Postal Service has delivered rapid home COVID-19 test kits to more than 68 million homes as part of President Biden’s plan to fight the pandemic. Photos courtesy of the US Postal Service

As part of President Joe Biden’s plan to fight the pandemic, the US Postal Service has delivered more than 270 million free COVID-19 rapid home test kits to 68 million US homes.

The test kits, with four tests per kit, have been shipped to US households in every state, tribe and territory. More than 6 million COVID-19 test kits were delivered on Feb. 22, the highest one-day volume delivered since shipping began in late January.

“There are few missions the Postal Service has received that better illustrate our public service mission than the Biden administration’s request to deliver America’s COVID-19 test kits,” the Postmaster General and Chief Executive said. Louis DeJoy.

Test kits can be ordered at covidtests.gov, which launched on December 21, 2021, or by calling 1-800-232-0233 and (TTY 1-888-720-7489).

Once the order has been placed on the covidtests.gov website, the requestor receives an order confirmation email and additional status updates as the package ships. Requesters can track their package online and receive status updates through the informed delivery notification feature.

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After the 2021 peak holiday season, the Postal Service negotiated with postal unions to retain seasonal staff to handle delivery of the influx of millions of test kits. Orders to Hawaii, Alaska, US territories and APO/FPO/DPO addresses were sent via Priority Mail, with orders to the continental US sent via First Class Parcel Service.

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The project involved strong interagency collaboration between the Postal Service, the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Defense.