Washington residents can request free at-home Covid-19 tests online at sayyescovidhometest.org or sayyescovidhometest.org/casa.html for Spanish speakers.
The initiative by the state Department of Health provides rapid-antigen tests to help individuals and families monitor for potential exposure to the coronavirus.
People can order up to five free tests.
The program expands on an existing partnership with CareEvolution and Amazon. The pilot project through the National Institutes of Health delivered 800,000 tests in parts of Eastern Washington, including the Tri-Cities.
Under the new program, the test kits now are available to all state residents.
The program is one of several ways to acquire free tests for home use.
Order free Covid-19 tests through the federal program at COVIDtests.gov or buy them from stores and pharmacies. Insurers will pay for up to eight at-home tests per month per individual under federal rules, so save those receipts.
Area residents also may get tests at pharmacies and walk-thru and drive-thru locations throughout the community. Go to doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/TestingforCOVID19/TestingLocations.
Those who test positive are encouraged to report results through WA Notify to alert those they’ve been near of potential exposures.
WA Notify is a smartphone app that uses anonymized location data to track contacts and notify users when they’ve been in close contact with someone who tested positive.
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