How to Obtain Free COVID-19 Tests

There has been many advancements over the past 2 years in protection against COVID-19.

The COVID-19 virus is spreading like wildfire ever since the Omicron variant has popped up in South Africa. The Omicron variant is spreading much faster than the Delta or original COVID-19 strain. President Biden is asking all Americans to get vaccinated and tested, he has required that all federal employees, health-care workers that receive federal funding, and federal contractors must show a proof of vaccination. Over 80 million US workers will have a choice between providing proof of vaccination or proof of weekly testing. 

Families can now apply to receive 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests per household from the Biden administration.

How does this work ?

Most Americans with private insurance can be reimbursed for all at-home tests as long as you save your receipts and submit a claim to your insurer. Insurers are only paying for up to $12 per test, while some insurers have a network of preferred stores, retailers, and pharmacies where you can pick up a test with no upfront cost. 

Do I need a prescription?

No, you can order your tests with no doctor recommendation. 

How many tests can I get?

Insurers must pay for up to 8 tests per covered individual, so in a household of 4 families can receive up to 32 tests covered by insurance. All American citizens can also apply for 4 free at home COVID-19 tests from the presidential administration; these tests will be shipped through the US postal service in late January.

Where can you be tested?

There are more than 20,000 free testing sites around the United States where you can receive rapid antigen and COVID-19 tests. There are no questions asked except for your name and contact information to send your results, everyone and anyone can be tested no matter your status. 

Find a testing location near you today.

What does the CDC recommend regarding isolation and quarantine ?

If you come in contact with someone who has tested positive and are NOT fully vaccinated against COVID-19…

Stay home for 5 days and get tested even if you’re not experiencing symptoms, continue to watch for symptoms for the next 10 days after contact. 

If you come in contact with someone who has tested positive and ARE fully vaccinated against COVID-19…

You do not need to quarantine unless you are experiencing symptoms, but you should get tested regardless; continue to watch for symptoms for at least 10 days after contact.

If you test positive…

Regardless of your vaccination status, if you test positive for COVID-19 you need to self isolate. Stay home for a minimum of 5 days and stay away from others in your home, if you must be around other people wear a form fitting mask. If you are still experiencing symptoms after 5 days, talk to your doctor before ending your elf isolation. 

If you come in contact with someone who has tested positive or you test positive- do not travel, avoid people who are at high risk, and wear a mask no matter your vaccination status.