Where to get free COVID-19 test kits at home

Where to get free COVID-19 test kits at home

Receiving a COVID-19 test kit at home in Mecklenburg County is easier than ever.

In early March 2022, 15 fast antigens COVID-19 samples had earnedFDA emergency authorizationfor home use without a prescription. Use of these testsfrequent– for schooling, before and after a large indoor gathering, before seeing a vulnerable personbefore and after the trip-can help lower that risk to spread the virus.

After a nationwide shortage, tests are now easily accessible. Here is some ways to get them at little or no cost to you:

    • Mecklenburg County Public Health has free test kits available (while stocks last) at 7 libraries around the county, Office of Vital Records, and the reception at the Northwest and Southeast Health Departments. Current information about the program, including complete list of distribution points and hours, is available here.
    • Every home in United States able to order up to 2 sets of 4 free at.home test from the federal government. If you have already ordered your first set (in January or February, when the program was first launched), you can now order a second set. Samples will be sent to your household free of charge via U.S. Mail Sservice. Order your tests here.
    • You can also buy test kits online or in store from pharmacies and retail stores and use your insurance to get reimbursed. Many pharmacy locations, including CVS and Walgreens will bill insurance so you can walk out of the store with test kits at no cost. Check yours options for reimbursement here or contact your insurance company.

Please visitmecknc.gov/covid-19for updated information about COVID-19including current data, tests, vaccines and treatment. Community members can also call the county COVID-19 information hotline at 980-314-9400 (Option 3).


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