You Only Have 3 Days Left to Request Free COVID-19 Tests

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The federal government unveiled its first round of free COVID-19 test kits in January, and a second round followed in March.

In May, the government announced a third and larger round, offering up to eight kits per household instead of just four. The supply seemed endless.

But it appears that’s about to change.

A new banner atop the government’s official webpage for free COVID-19 tests reads:

“Ordering through this program will be suspended on Friday, September 2 because Congress hasn’t provided additional funding to replenish the nation’s stockpile of tests.”

So if you’d like to replenish your household’s supply of free at-home rapid antigen tests, which give results in 30 minutes, now’s the time to request them. As in the past, you can do so by visiting

The federal government recommends using an at-home test when any of the following situations apply:

  • “If you begin having COVID-⁠19 symptoms like fever, sore throat, runny nose, or loss of taste or smell, or
  • At least 5 days after you come into close contact with someone with COVID-⁠19, or
  • When you’re going to gather with a group of people, especially those who are at risk of severe disease or may not be up to date on their COVID-⁠19 vaccines.”