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Colorado ships thousands of free COVID-19 test kits to residents

DENVER (KDVR) — Colorado is sending thousands of free rapid COVID-19 tests to residents’ homes, according to the Department of Health.

CDPHE told Troubleshooters that 31,000 people have ordered home tests in the past two weeks.

“Since the program began, we have shipped more than 100,000 orders, each containing 4 tests,” said a CDPHE spokesperson.

Each test costs the state $8 according to the health department.

The rapid antigen tests sent out show results in 15 minutes and were first given to parents, guardians and carers as an easy test to keep transmission rates down. Now anyone can request a test, and the state said that once a test is ordered, it should be delivered within a week.

Earlier this year, CDPHE said the state purchased two million Abbott BinaxNow rapid home tests and last week, due to demand, the state bought another 500,000 tests.

Despite the demand, CDPHE said there is currently no waiting period for the free tests.

“We experienced significant demand when we first launched the Rapid At-Home program, and individuals initially experienced wait times,” the spokesperson said.

To order a test, simply fill out a registration form and confirm the order via an email sent by CDPHE. Coloradans with questions can email CDPHE at [email protected]