The U.S. Launches Website For Free COVID Tests
The federal government has subtly opened a website for people to register for free Covid-19 testing, letting them to purchase up to four tests to be sent to their home.
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said that the federal site for ordering free Covid-19 testing is fully operational in a “beta phase” prior to the official launch on Wednesday morning.
“In alignment with website launch best practices, COVIDtests.gov is currently in its beta phase, which means that the website is operating at limited capacity ahead of its official launch. This is standard practice to address troubleshooting and ensure as smooth of an official launch tomorrow as possible. We expect the website to officially launch mid-morning tomorrow.” explained a White House official.
Despite the official’s claim that the site is only functioning at a restricted capacity, it’s unknown how the site’s early stage is limited. When customers submitted their delivery info online, the site told them that the tests would start delivering in late January and that the USPS, which is coordinating the delivery, will just deliver one set of four free COVID-19 tests to legitimate residential addresses.
Administration authorities indicated late last week that after an application is received through the internet, the tests should arrive within seven to twelve days. Regardless of home size, requests are restricted to four tests in each household.
The federal government is also establishing a hotline to demand the tests besides the site. When the line will become live is unknown. Last month, when the Omicron variety was rising across the United States, the President revealed his proposal to deliver half a billion Covid-19 quick testing to Americans.
The variation now accounts for nearly all occurrences in the United States. According to figures released Tuesday by the US CDC, the Omicron variation was responsible for 99.5 percent of new coronavirus infections in the US the other week.
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