Government Introduces Third Round of Free COVID-19 Tests

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The federal government is offering a third round of free COVID-19 tests to Americans who need them — and this time, you get eight rapid antigen tests instead of just four.

The tests ship to you for free, and each order will arrive in two sets of four tests.

The government unveiled its first round of free test kits in January, as we reported in “Get Your Free COVID-19 Test Kits Now.” A second round became available in March.

You can order that latest round of free at-⁠home tests by visiting:

As with the previous rounds of free COVID-19 tests, the third round provides rapid antigen tests that give results within 30 minutes.

The federal government recommends using one of these tests 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.”

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