Free at-home COVID test kits through federal government go live one day early; how to order

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Posted at 10:23 AM, Jan 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-18 21:25:07-05

Those interested in ordering free at-home COVID-19 tests through the federal government are able to do so one day earlier than expected.

The official website was set to go live Wednesday, allowing Americans to order four free at-home tests. However, on Tuesday morning, order forms were available via USPS. says orders will usually ship in 7-12 days and will begin shipping in late January.

Registration forms are available through USPS and one order (each containing four individual rapid antigen tests) can be made per household.

If you buy your own home COVID-19 test, you can get reimbursed by your insurance company up to $12 a test, for eight tests.

There are several groups and locations around the Phoenix area offering free in-person COVID tests if you don't want to do your own test at home, or if you can't find an at-home test at the store.

The Maricopa County Library District says a very limited number of self-test kits will be distributed Wednesday at some of its locations. The following library locations will have a very limited supply of COVID-19 test kits beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday for curbside pickup.

NOTE: Only one kit (containing two tests) will be distributed per car.

Asante Library
Ed Robson Library
Fairway Library (Walk-Up Pickup only)
Fountain Hills Library
Goodyear Library
Litchfield Park Library
Northwest Regional Library
Perry Library
Southeast Regional Library
Sun City Library (Walk-Up Pickup only)
White Tank Library
Due to their operating hours, North Valley Regional Library will begin distribution at 3:30 p.m.

For live updates specifically on Maricopa County Library District locations and availability visit their website.

At-home tests have been tough to come by for several weeks with stores and pharmacies reporting lengthy backorders and unknown dates of restock.

Phoenix area cities have also been offering free at-home kits, but have been running out within minutes.