If you’re in search of an at-home rapid COVID-19 test and can’t find one, you’re not alone.
The test is challenging to find, from major retailers like CVS and Walgreens to independent pharmacies.
It’s been reported that Walgreens and CVS pharmacies are limiting their rapid COVID purchases to four and two per customer if a store location has supplied in stock.
The at-home tests promise results in as little as 10 to 15 minutes and cost between about $10 to $40, depending on the manufacturer.
Miami Dade County residents may pick up free COVID-19 take-home rapid test kits at 27 public library libraries.
The test kits will be available for pickup at 9:30 am until supplies last. There is a limit of up to three test kits per household.
“As we tackle the spread of Omicron and the recent surge in demand for COVID testing, Miami-Dade County is doing everything we can to make testing as accessible as possible across our community – including by distributing free take-home rapid test kits to residents,” Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said in a statement. “We’re proud that we distributed over 12,000 tests at our libraries on Christmas Eve, and that we’re expanding the available supply and opening more locations this week.
Mayor Cava added that she hopes everyone can work together have a safe holiday season.
The governor’s office has announced Connecticut’s shipment of at-home rapid COVID-19 tests has been delayed, which may affect distribution schedules.
One million at-home rapid COVID-19 tests and millions of N-95 masks will be available to be distributed to the general public in Connecticut starting later this week.
The 500,000 iHealthKits contain two tests and are set aside for the general public. Distribution can begin on Thursday, Dec. 30, and will continue through the first week in January, the governor’s office said.
Baltimore County Government says they are working to procure COVID-19 rapid home test kits for residents as cases surge in Maryland.
They tweeted, “Baltimore County is procuring COVID-19 rapid home test kits for residents in an effort to help decrease the spread of the virus. Information on where the test kits will be distributed will be posted on our website once the test kits arrive and are available.”
Long coronavirus testing lines have become the norm in Georgia, especially throughout much of the metro Atlanta area. According to DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond, the county decided to take action after residents had a hard time finding tests or had to wait a long time to get one.
Thurmond said the county will give out 5,000 at-home tests to the community starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, to alleviate that strain.
“We will be at three locations: Plaza Fiesta, North DeKalb Mall, and South DeKalb Mall because we are committed to helping our citizens and residents fight back against this insidious virus,” Thurmond said.
Before the holiday break comes to an end and teachers and staff return to classrooms, Massachusetts education officials have announced 200,000 at-home rapid COVID-19 tests are being sent to school districts.
Every district will get enough supply to distribute two tests to all school staff, DESE said in a statement.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education today announced Wednesday that it will send the rapid antigen tests to districts so all teachers and staff can test for COVID before they return to school following the break.
Fresno County is working with the state of California to get its hands on tens of thousands of test kits that will be made available free to residents who are considered most vulnerable based on areas with high COVID-19 infection rates and among the more economically and medically disadvantaged ZIP codes across the county.
Joe Prado, assistant director of the Fresno County Department of Public Health, told The Fresno Bee on Monday that the state has allocated 84,000 kits to the county. A tentative delivery could arrive from the state later this week for distribution through community-based organizations that have been crucial to Fresno County’s coronavirus testing and vaccine efforts to get the kits into the hands of eligible residents.
The county is also setting up a website where people can register to have a test kit sent to their home. “By next week, we expect those to be coming into play,” Prado said. Those will also be based on eligibility as part of a vulnerable community, and orders will be able to be placed every two weeks.
At the federal level, President Joe Biden announced that the government is ordering 500 million at-home test kits that are expected to be made available to Americans at no charge through a registration website, perhaps as early as January.
To get a free kit from the government, they’re adding a new website to request a kit, but the site won’t be functional until after the first batch of test kits have been delivered, White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, said. Psaki says the process was being handled that way to avoid creating more confusion for the public. But the idea is that anyone who wants a test kit would log onto this website to request one.
“We’re obviously not going to put the website up until there are tests available,” Psaki said.