Coronavirus Information Central – Local News

COVID-19 test kits will now be available to get delivered straight to your home via USPS.

We’ve been through a lot when it comes to getting a COVID-19 test, and now Fayetteville residents (and anybody else) can get them mailed right to you!

The U.S. Postal Service opened its website today for anybody in America to order up to four at-home rapid test kits. These are expected to be shipped for free in late January according to the USPS.

The kits are part of a White House promise to improve COVID-19 test capabilities in Fayetteville and around the country. They said that priority will be given to zip codes with the highest COVID-19 case and death rates.

“The Administration is taking a number of steps to ensure this program reaches our hardest-hit and highest-risk communities,” the White House said in its press briefing. “This includes prioritizing processing orders to households experiencing the highest social vulnerability and in communities that have experienced a disproportionate share of COVID-19 cases and deaths, particularly during this Omicron surge; launching a free call line, so that Americans who have difficulty accessing the internet or need additional support can phone-in orders for their tests; and, working with national and local organizations with deep experience serving communities of color, people living with disabilities, and other high-risk communities to serve as navigators, raise awareness about the program, and help people submit requests.”

In addition, the Government is launching a phone line for those who may not have internet access to place their orders:

“To ensure equity and access for all Americans, the Administration will also launch a call line to help those unable to access the website to place orders, and work with national and local community-based organizations to support the nation’s hardest-hit and highest-risk communities in requesting tests.”

 

Here’s how you can get your kits:

  • Step 1: Head to the Website

    You can head to https://special.usps.com/testkits starting today to get your kits ordered. The site may be a little glitchy as it is expected to have heavy web traffic.

  • Step 2: Enter Your Info

    They just need the basic info of who you are and where you live. That’s it. Nothing else too crazy.

  • How Many Kits?

    Each order is for “4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests” per household. So you won’t be able to have multiple people from the same address put in for additional kits yet.

  • Need Testing Sooner?

    Waiting until the end of January may not work out if you’re needing help right now. So what’s the best course of action for you?

    You can visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website for testing sites in the area.

    Plus, most local pharmacies and many health-care providers are providing testing. Call your doctor’s office or urgent care for more information.