Website launched to order at-home COVID tests  



BAR HARBOR — Mainers in need of COVID-19 at-home tests can join the rest of the country in ordering them from the federal government following the Jan. 19 launch of www.covidtests.gov 

According to the website, which was developed following an initiative to provide 500 million at-home tests by the Biden administration, every American household is eligible to order four at-home, rapid antigen tests for free. 

The tests are expected to ship within 7 to 12 days and will be delivered by the United States Postal Service. 

“Order your tests now so you have them when you need them,” the website states.  

The initiative follows a nationwide shortage of testing.  

Additionally, the administration announced that effective Jan. 15, private health insurance companies and employer-sponsored plans are required to provide up to eight at-home tests per month for those covered by their plans. 

Those with insurance can either purchase the test kits for free or be reimbursed.  

At the beginning of the month, Governor Janet Mills announced that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services had purchased 250,000 rapid antigen tests to distribute to Walgreens, health-care sites, schools and congregate care sites statewide. The tests were purchased from Abbott Labs, a Maine-based manufacturer, and will be distributed throughout January and February. 

Rebecca Alley

Rebecca Alley

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Rebecca is the Schoodic-area reporter and covers the towns of Eastbrook, Franklin, Hancock, Lamoine, Sorrento, Sullivan, Waltham, Winter Harbor and Trenton. She lives in Ellsworth with her husband and baby boy who was joyously welcomed in June 2020. Feel free to send tips and story ideas to [email protected]

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