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Will the Postal Service be able to meet the demand for COVID-19 tests – CBS Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Having trouble finding a Covid-19 test? Well, the Biden administration has officially made that easier by unveiling the website you can now use to order free at-home Covid-19 tests. Californians are rushing to get theirs, but can the US Postal Service keep up with demand?

The holiday season may be over, but the USPS will likely be busier than ever, tasked with providing testing to anyone who wants one. But how long will it take?

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The USPS website is live with at-home Covid-19 testing at your fingertips.

“All it took was my name, mailing address and an email,” said Scott Cantrell of Sacramento. “It took about 45 seconds to complete.”

Households can order a maximum of four tests, which Dawn Olson did right away.

“Now let’s see how long it takes to get them,” she said. “That’s the magic question.”

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With more than 19,000 postal workers sick or quarantined due to Covid-19, communities are facing mail delays because of the Omicron variant.

So how will the Postal Service handle the demand? According to the American Postal Workers Union, more than 7,000 temporary workers have been hired and 43 centers have been set up to pack and ship tests. The postmaster general says the agency is ready to deliver.

“I sent the link to everyone I know,” Olson said.

Olson, a hospital employee, said access to testing is crucial for peace of mind and her salary.

“If you don’t have a test to show you’re negative, you can lose work,” she said. “I’m just going to keep hope alive.”

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We contacted the Postal Service to ask if they had seen any delivery delays in our particular area and how they planned to alleviate local staffing shortages. We haven’t had a response yet.