The website will include a new test-to-treat localization tool that helps people access the over 2,000 sites that offer COVID-19 tests and antiviral pills in one convenient place
Administration continues to urge Congress to provide funding immediately to help keep these lifesaving protections easily accessible to all
Today, the Biden administration launches COVID.gov, a new one-stop-shop website to help all people in the United States gain even better access to life-saving tools such as vaccines, tests, treatments and masks, as well as get the latest updates on COVID-19 in their area. The administration has been working over the last 14 months to set up over 90,000 vaccination sites, provide more than 400 million high-quality masks for free, send free tests to people’s homes, and set up new test-to-treat sites where people can be tested and receive life-saving antiviral drugs in one place. Now, with the click of a button, people will be able to find where they can access all of these tools, as well as receive the latest CDC data on the level of COVID-19 in their community.
As part of COVID.gov, a new Test-to-Treat locator will help people access pharmacies and health centers across the country where people can be tested for COVID-19 and receive appropriate treatments if they need them . President Biden announced the Test-to-Treat initiative in his State of the Union speech earlier this month. Since then, the administration has already launched over 2,000 of these locations, plus more than 240 locations across the Veteran’s Health Administration and Department of Defense facilities to serve veterans, military personnel and their families. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, the administration is ensuring that sites are established in our hardest hit and high-risk communities.
Because of the life-saving tools we now have, America is in a new moment in the pandemic. The country is certainly moving forward and people are getting back to their more normal routines. To ensure that we maintain and build on this progress and protect and prepare for new variants, the President released his earlier this month National COVID-19 Contingency Plan. The president was aware that in order to carry out this plan and to stay ahead of the virus, the administration needed additional funding from Congress – including $ 22.5 billion in immediate emergency funding. To date, Congress has failed to make these funds available and the country is already suffering the consequences. For the past two weeks, the administration has had to stop reimbursing healthcare providers for treating uninsured, cancel orders for monoclonal antibodies and cut back on state supplies, reduce orders for treatments for the immunocompromised, and pull the United States out of the queue for future vaccines and next generation treatment purchases. These problems disproportionately affect our hardest hit and most vulnerable populations, including colored communities and people with disabilities. The administration continues to urge Congress to act quickly as the consequences will continue to get worse in the coming weeks.
The protection of the American people against COVID-19 now and in the future depends on affordable and accessible tools such as vaccines, treatments, tests and masks of high quality. Through efforts such as COVID.gov and Test-to-Treat, the administration continues to take steps to make these tools even more accessible. Now we need Congress to do its part and continue to fund the COVID-19 response.
Today’s announcements include:
Launch of COVID.gov, a new one-stop-shop website where individuals can find where they can access high quality vaccines, tests, treatments and masks. Today, the administration launched COVID.gov, a new website to help people access high-quality vaccines, tests, treatments, and masks. COVID.gov also gives people an easy way to find the level of COVID-19 in their community. Early last year, the administration launched Vaccines.gov and an associated call line to help people find and make appointments at vaccine sites near them. In January this year, the administration launched COVIDTests.gov, where people could order tests and have them shipped to their homes for free. COVID.gov will allow individuals to access both of these services on one convenient and user-friendly website. It will also offer information on where to find high quality free masks and, for the first time, where to access COVID-19 treatments.
COVID.gov will be available in English, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese and is available to those using assistive technologies. The Administration also makes all of these COVID-19 tools available over the telephone through the National Hotline at 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489), which supports over 150 languages. For people with disabilities who may need additional support, the Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) is also available to assist at 1-888-677-1199 or by email at [email protected]
New localization tool to help individuals access the more than 2,000 test-to-treat sites across the country. Today, as part of COVID.gov, the administration launched a new Test-to-Treat localization tool to help the public access life-saving medicines if they are sick with COVID-19. In his State of the Union address, President Biden announced the creation of the Test-to-Treat initiative. This program creates one-stop-shop locations where people can get a COVID-19 test and receive an oral antiviral treatment if appropriate for them because they test positive and face high risks from COVID. Since launching earlier this month, there are now over 2,000 Test-to-Treat locations nationwide, including in pharmacy-based clinics, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and long-term care facilities. As has been the case since December, people can still be tested and treated by their own healthcare providers, who can appropriately prescribe these oral antiviral drugs at sites where they are distributed, now more easily than ever before by the Test to Treat localization tool.
Test-to-Treat available to all patients in the Veteran’s Health Administration and military personnel and their families. Test-to-Treat is now available to all Veterans Affairs (VA) patients in VA clinics across the country. Connecting patients who test positive with treatments that are appropriate for them is the standard of care in VA clinics. Each test performed in VA is attached to a care team and accompanied by review, patient counseling, and considerations of treatment indication and eligibility. The VA also allows individuals with a positive home test result to have a virtual visit to connect with counseling and receive oral medication if appropriate. VA sites have access to oral antiviral therapies for COVID-19, and treatment is generally provided on-site or delivered by expedited mail. In addition, the Department of Defense (DoD) has made one-stop Test-to-Treat available at more than 60 DoD Medical Treatment Facilities (MTFs) across the country, with hundreds more ready to begin surgery soon. MTF patients across the country – including active service members and TRICARE beneficiaries – can access Test-to-Treat at community facilities.
Hundreds of test-to-treat sites in FQHCs and Indian healthcare facilities across the country to protect hard-hit and high-risk communities from COVID-19.Test-to-Treat locations are also available in more than 240 FQHCs and Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities across the country, ensuring access to life-saving treatments in some of our most severely affected and most vulnerable communities. The number of these sites will continue to grow in the coming weeks as more and more FQHCs, Rural Health Clinics and IHS locations come online with Test-to-Treat programs. These community providers will continue to serve as trusted messengers in raising awareness of the availability of life-saving treatments and also working with community-based organizations to reach specific high-risk populations, including people with disabilities.