Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests via US Postal Service (Third Round Available)

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You can now order a third round of at-home COVID tests, this time 8 tests per household. Order your free at-home COVID tests at the US Postal Service website. Shipping is free. Unfortunately, we seem to be using these up at a regular pace to due school-related events.

  • If you didn’t order tests in a previous round, you should be able to ask for more (16 total tests if you didn’t order previously). They keep track based on your address.
  • If you had a problem with a previous order not being delivered (I did), open a support ticket and they will send you a replacement order.
  • You can’t choose the brand; I received the iHealth brand the first time and SD Biosensor (Roche) the second time.

If you have health insurance through an employer or Marketplace, they are also required to pay you back for 8 at-home tests per month per person on your plan. They may also have set up a telephone hotline where they will ship you tests directly or a direct pick-up option at a local pharmacy. I always try to avoid asking for reimbursement whenever possible, it’s like dealing with those old mail-in rebates!

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Comments

  1. Great use of taxpayer dollars!

    • I agree. It should be as easy as possible to get tests to find out if you have COVID-19 to keep from infecting others.
      We had a family gathering in December and were lucky to have our guests do a quick test before the gathering … so the person who tested positive did not infect others.

      • That was sarcasm! Testing does not work for Omicron. It may have worked for Alpha/Beta and Delta/Eplison, but Omicron is too infectious. This is now effectively the flu. It is not a question of IF you will get it, but WHEN you will get it. Since age is the biggest risk factor and no one is getting younger, there is no time like the present.

        • It is sarcasm that doesn’t work. Tests work, masks work, ventilation works. We need to use all the tools.

          As for getting infected, no thank you. There is no long lasting immunity so you will be infected over and over again. Each time there is opportunity for damage to many body systems and parts – cardiovascular, immune, metabolic, kidneys, liver, brain… We will be living in a world of increasingly disabled people. Sounds like something to avoid like the plague.

    • Agreed; it is good to see action being taken by the federal government to address the spread and the scarcity with tests.

      • That was sarcasm! Testing does not work for Omicron. It may have worked for Alpha/Beta and Delta/Eplison, but Omicron is too infectious. This is now effectively the flu. It is not a question of IF you will get it, but WHEN you will get it. Since age is the biggest risk factor and no one is getting younger, there is no time like the present.

  2. Thanks for the heads up!

  3. Thank you, Jonathan.

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