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Free at-home COVID-19 tests available

Rapid antigen, over-the-counter COVID-19 tests will be shipped by the U.S. government to every residential address that requests it. Courtesy photo

In an effort to increase COVID-19 testing nationwide, the federal government is making free tests available online.

Every home in the United States is eligible to receive one set of four at-home COVID-19 tests. The shipping is free, and tests should arrive within seven to 12 days. Tests will start shipping in late January. There is a limit of one set of four rapid antigen tests per household.

The government website states that there are enough tests for every household in the country. Residents are encouraged to order the tests now to have them when they need them.

The over-the-counter tests are rapid antigen at-home tests that can be administered anywhere. Results are displayed within 30 minutes, with no laboratory drop-off required. The test will report positive or negative results, whether or not symptoms are present or if the individual has received a vaccine or a booster.

If you test positive for COVID-19 with any at-home test, report it to the Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District by clicking on “Submit At-Home COVID-19 Test Results.”

For more information on free COVID-19 testing before the U.S. government tests arrive, vaccines, monoclonal antibody treatments, and other information, go to the City of Corpus Christi or Nueces County websites.

To assure that every American has a test, the U.S. Postal Service will utilize 7,000 temporary workers to assist in the shipping of test kits.

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