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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Free COVID-19 home tests for Washingtonians

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) announced that they will continue to provide free COVID-19 home test kits to residents at least through the end of 2022, despite the end of federal financial support for testing programs. The rapid antigen tests take 15 minutes to complete, offering users a convenient way to check whether they are infected with COVID-19 without needing to access the healthcare system, especially during the peak season for upper respiratory infections.

Scientifically accurate atomic model of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Each "ball" is an atom.
Scientifically accurate atomic model of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Each "ball" is an atom.
Source: Alexey Solodovnikov (Idea, Producer, CG, Editor), Valeria Arkhipova (Scientific –°onsultant). CC BY-SA 4.0.

Washingtonians can order free at-home test kits each month through the “Say Yes! COVID Test” program. To order, visit sayyescovidhometest.org. The kits are delivered to the requester’s home or work address, free of charge. Those testing positive can report their test result to Washington's COVID-19 hotline at 1–800–525–0127. More information and resources available.

Self-tests may be used for the following:

  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms;
  • If you have been exposed or potentially exposed to an individual with COVID-19;
  • Before gathering indoors with others, especially before gathering with unvaccinated people, children, older individuals, those who are immunocompromised, or individuals at risk for severe disease.

If you have been exposed to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, test 3 to 5 days after the initial exposure, regardless of when you tested last. If you develop symptoms, test right away.

Order your free test kits now while supplies last!