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US Postal Service offers more free COVID tests by mail

The US government is offering another round of free COVID-19 home test kits to every residential address in the country.

Tests can be ordered online from the US Postal Service via www.covid.gov/tests. They can also be ordered by calling 800-232-0233 or via TTY at 888-720-7489 from 8 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.

Orders can be placed through the Disability Access and Information Line (DIAL) at 888-677-1199, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. five days a week, or by email at [email protected]

This is the third series of home test kits that can be ordered by address. Each of the first two rounds provided for four tests per order. The last round is good for eight tests per address. But if you missed ordering those previous allocations, you can always place an additional order and receive another eight kits.

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The new test series will be shipped in two packages. Shipping is free and you will receive a tracking order to track via email or text. Residential PO Box addresses are also eligible to receive test kits and sites such as UPS Store or FedEx Office.

The US government asks you to check the package to confirm that you have received the correct quantity of test kits and that they have not expired. For more information on COVID-19 home test kits, including shelf life, the Food and Drug Administration has set up a website. If you need help finding a test site near you, Click here.

There remains one public walk-in testing site in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties: It’s in the parking lot of St. Timothy Tarpon Springs Lutheran Church at 812 E Tarpon Ave. in Tarpon Springs. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays but may soon start closing at 3 p.m. Call 727-597-0680 for more information.

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How to get tested

Tampa Bay: The Times can help you find free public COVID-19 testing sites in the Bay Area.

Florida: The Ministry of Health has a website which lists the test sites in the state. Some information may be out of date.

United States: The Department of Health and Social Services has a website who can help you find a test site.

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How to get vaccinated

The COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5 and older and boosters for eligible recipients are being administered at doctor’s offices, clinics, pharmacies, grocery stores and public vaccination sites. Many allow you to book appointments online. Here’s how to find a site near you:

Find a site: To visit vaccines.gov to find vaccination sites in your postal code.

More help: Call the National COVID-19 Immunization Hotline.

Call: 800-232-0233. Help is available in English, Spanish, and other languages.

TTY: 888-720-7489

Disability Access and Information Line: Call 888-677-1199 or email [email protected]

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