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US Postal Service has started accepting orders for free home coronavirus test kit.
The website COVIDtests.gov was originally scheduled to begin receiving orders on Wednesday. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says the site is in the “beta testing phase” and “will be formally launched tomorrow early” [Wednesday]. ”
Each household order will include four quick tests that the postal service says will be sent free of charge “in late January.”
The White House says it will prioritize shipments to Americans from zip codes that have experienced high rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths, with the first 20% of daily orders going to these areas.
There will also be a phone number so they can place orders without access to computers or high speed internet.
About 700,000 people were on the test kit’s website at one point Tuesday afternoon. (click here to see how many users there are on the site.)
Some on Twitter reported problems with orders from residents of apartment buildings with multiple units who were told that someone from that household had already ordered the tests. According to the Associated Press:
There were isolated reports Tuesday afternoon about issues related to the site’s address verification tool that incorrectly enforced the limit of four per. household on apartment buildings and other multi-unit dwellings, but it was not immediately clear how widespread the problem was.
President Biden announced last week that the administration plans to buy 1 billion home tests for Americans and also said the White House will provide high-quality masks for free, with details coming out this week.