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Posted on: January 18, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Distribution of FREE At Home Covid Tests & Updated Masking Guidance

The Biden Administration to begin distributing at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests to households for free

Starting on January 19th, Americans will be able to order a test online at COVIDTests.gov. To ensure broad access, the program will limit the number of tests sent to each residential address to four tests. Remember, this is just one program for people to get tests – not the only program. To ensure equity, the Administration will launch a free call line and work with local organizations to support the nation’s hardest-hit and highest-risk communities.

 

Updated Masking Guidance Webpage

Masks and respirators can provide varying degrees of protection, with well-fitting National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-approved respirators offering the most protection. Masking is a critical public health tool for preventing spread of COVID-19, and it is important to remember that any mask is better than no mask. Please see Types of Masks and Respirators | CDC for options in order of least to most protective. To protect yourself and others from COVID-19, CDC continues to recommend that you wear the most protective mask you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently.

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