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The US Postal Service has delivered over 270 million COVID-19 test kits

OKLAHOMA – The United States Postal Service announced today that it has delivered more than 270 million COVID-19 test kits to American households as part of President Biden’s plan to distribute free home tests to Americans. The Postal Service reported that more than 68 million test kits (with four tests per kit) have been shipped to US households in all states, tribes and territories; each package contains four individual test kits. On average, it takes just 1.2 days for the Postal Service to deliver a test kit once it’s been received from the manufacturer, kitted, and entered the mail stream. On Tuesday, Feb. 22, the Postal Service delivered more than 6 million COVID-19 test kits — 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. “It is a source of great pride for our entire organization to have met our own performance expectations and those of the public. We are grateful for the strong collaboration of our partners across the federal government, including the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Defense. Thank you to our Postal Service employees, union partners and management associations for so effectively and efficiently delivering such a strong performance at all levels.

Delivery of the COVID-19 test kit in numbers:

· Over 270 million tests packaged and shipped to US households across the country.

· Over 68 million packages delivered to homes in every state, tribe and territory to date.

1.2 days on average for delivery

Over 6 million – number of test kit packages delivered by the US Postal Service on Tuesday, February 22, the highest volume in a single day since delivery began in late January.

More than 68 million orders for free rapid home COVID-19 test kits have been placed through the Biden administration’s covidtests.gov, an easy-to-use consumer website created and operated by the USPS in partnership with the United States Digital Service, since the website was launched on December 21, 2021.

The Postal Service immediately pivoted from a successful peak holiday season in 2021 to focus on delivering US COVID-19 test kits. Prompt negotiations with postal unions secured the retention of many seasonal employees who were reassigned from their holiday duties, and new ancillary facilities acquired the previous year were quickly reconfigured to ensure that workspace and storage capacity could handle the immediate influx of millions of test kits daily.

Strong interagency collaboration between the Postal Service, the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Defense was a key factor in the success of this mission. Coordinated efforts included managing inventory flows of test kits from manufacturers to USPS Surface Transportation Centers and then to 48 postal processing facilities to package, label and ship.

Continental U.S. test kit orders are shipped via First Class Parcel Service and Priority Mail to Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories and APO/FPO/DPO addresses.

Once an order is placed on the covidtests.gov website, the requester 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.

Order your free at-home COVID-19 test kit at covidtests.gov or by calling 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489).

The Postal Service generally does not receive taxpayer money for its operating expenses and depends on the sale of postage, goods, and services to fund its operations.