Good morning, Chicago.
The federal government is bringing back its offer of free at-home tests for COVID-19.
The tests were made available Monday and can be requested at COVIDTests.gov. The orders include four rapid antigen tests, with a limit of one order per residential address.
The site’s simple request form asks visitors to share their name and mailing address. No payment information is required. Orders will begin to ship via the U.S. Postal Service next week, according to the delivery service.
The decision to again offer free at-home tests was announced by the Biden administration last week as part of a $600 million plan that includes funding for test production. The government plans to make the tests available through the holidays in an effort to slow the virus’s spread, said Dawn O’Connell, the Department of Health and Human Services’ assistant secretary for preparedness and response.
Along with the tests already available at stores and pharmacies, the free tests will help make Chicagoans ready for the fall and winter, said Massimo Pacilli, the Chicago Department of Public Health’s deputy commissioner of disease control.
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