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The COVIDTests.gov website allows people to order four home tests per residence and have them delivered by mail. Now there is also a phone number.

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Now there’s a phone number you can call for free at-home COVID tests: NPR

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The COVIDTests.gov website allows people to order four home tests per residence and have them delivered by mail. Now there is also a phone number.

Steven Senne/AP

The Biden administration on Friday opened a phone line for people to order free COVID-19 tests at home.

The phone number – 1-800-232-0233 – follows the launch earlier this week of a website to order the tests, and is available for those who may have difficulty accessing the internet or need help. additional help with placing their orders.

According to the White House, the phone line is open from 8 a.m. to midnight ET seven days a week and offers assistance in more than 150 languages.

An order contains four tests, and there is a limit of one order per residence.

The website – COVIDtests.gov – began taking home test orders on Tuesday and tests began shipping on Thursday, according to White House COVID response coordinator Jeff Zients.

“The postal service is moving incredibly fast here,” he said. “They’re packing and shipping the tests as soon as they arrive. Tens of millions of tests have arrived so far. It’s an all-out effort.”

The Biden administration – which has come under fire for not purchasing the hundreds of millions of tests it has now acquired earlier, before the omicron-led push – said orders could take seven to 12 days to be shipped.

In sending out the free tests, the White House is prioritizing what it calls “the most vulnerable Americans,” as the top 20% of daily orders are directed to ZIP codes that measure high on the Social Vulnerability Index. of the federal government.

“We want to make sure that these communities are, instead of being an afterthought, on the front lines in many ways,” said Dr Cameron Webb, who advises the White House COVID Response Team, at NBC News. “It’s a step in the right direction towards fairness.”

With reporting by NPR’s Tamara Keith.

Now there’s a phone number you can call for free at-home COVID tests: NPR

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