Testing is an important component to managing diseases in a community. For COVID-19 testing information, click here.
As of 9/25/2023, households may order four free tests through COVIDTests.gov. These tests will detect the currently circulating COVID-19 variants. People are encouraged to use the free tests immediately as Americans prepare for travel and gatherings with friends and family throughout the 2023 holiday season.
- Health Departments and *Pharmacies (*free for Medicaid or Medicare participants and are reimbursable through most private Insurances) also have at-home personal use COVID-19 testing kits available while supplies last.
- These tests provide rapid results to allow for quarantine/isolation measures if applicable. Be advised that results do not provide documented proof of testing and may not meet requirements needed for travel, employment, etc.
- Before You Throw Out "Expired" Tests: Check FDA's website to see if your COVID-19 tests' expiration dates have been extended.
New COVID-19 Test to Treat Initiative and Locator Tool
HHS/ASPR Program Provides Individuals with Faster, Easier Access to
Life-saving COVID-19 Testing and Treatment in the Same Location
In addition, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched a new COVID-19 Test to Treat Locator. People can use this web-based tool to find Test to Treat sites near them.
Oral antiviral pills from Merck (Lagevrio) and Pfizer (Paxlovid) are available at Test to Treat sites. The Test to Treat program does not change existing requirements for qualified healthcare providers to write the prescriptions for these medications. In addition, people can continue to get tested and treated by their own healthcare providers, who can prescribe these oral antivirals to eligible patients. Patients can pick up those prescriptions wherever oral antivirals are distributed.
If these oral antivirals are inappropriate for patients, additional COVID-19 therapeutic options outside the Test to Treat program are available. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has developed and regularly updates Treatment Guidelines to help guide healthcare providers caring for patients with COVID-19.
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