4 more free COVID tests will be available to each household ahead of the holidays.
4 more free COVID tests will be available to each household ahead of the holidays
Ahead of the approaching holidays and a potential rise in cases this winter, the government is once again allowing households to order a fresh wave of four COVID-19 tests for free online. The website, covidtests.gov, remains one of the last remaining ways Americans can secure free at-home rapid tests after the end of the public health emergency last spring ended the requirement for insurance companies to cover eight tests per month.
Health Officials’ Anticipation
Over the past three years, the return of winter has also brought a resurgence of COVID-19. As mentioned in a news article on modeling data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, health officials are anticipating a similar number of hospitalizations this year as they saw last year, which topped nearly 45,000 per week at its peak.
Importance of Free Tests Ahead of Holidays
Health officials said they are hopeful people will take advantage of the free tests to better prepare for gathering with other people, particularly those who are more vulnerable to the coronavirus, during the holiday season.