Title: USPS Resumes Free COVID Tests Shipping Amid Rising Cases and Colder Weather
The US Postal Service (USPS) is set to resume its free COVID-19 testing program, delivering at-home tests to households across the country. This initiative has been made possible by a $600 million investment from the White House, which includes grants for 12 manufacturing companies. The program aims to provide easy access to testing as COVID cases continue to rise, particularly with colder weather increasing the risk of infection.
Since January 2022, USPS has already shipped four rounds of tests, offering a total of 20 free tests per household. However, the project was temporarily halted in September 2022 due to a shortage of tests and lack of funding. Fortunately, after being restarted in December 2022, the program continued until the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency in May 2023.
The timing of the relaunch of free tests is crucial, especially as COVID-19 cases are once again on the rise, and the arrival of colder weather means people are spending more time indoors, increasing the risk of infection. Recognizing this, the USPS is stepping up efforts to ensure that testing remains accessible to all.
Placing an order for free COVID tests from USPS is quick and hassle-free. Interested individuals can complete a short form on the USPS website or call a toll-free phone number, with both options taking less than two minutes. Starting Monday, September 25, 2023, orders for the latest round of free COVID tests will be accepted.
Once an order is placed, the tests are typically shipped within seven to 12 days and delivered by USPS within one to three days of shipping. Thus, individuals can expect to receive their tests promptly, ensuring any potential infections are identified and addressed promptly.
In addition to the USPS program, there are other avenues available for free COVID-19 testing, including HRSA health centers, Test to Treat locations, and ICATT testing sites. Furthermore, COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots are also accessible for free through programs such as the Bridge Access Program and partnerships with various retail pharmacy locations.
As the nation faces yet another surge in COVID-19 cases, widespread testing and vaccination efforts are crucial in mitigating the virus’s spread. The resumption of the USPS free testing program provides another convenient and accessible option for people to protect themselves and their loved ones from the virus’s potentially severe consequences.
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