CHARLOTTE – If you don’t want to go to a vaccination site to take a COVID-19 test, you can now do it yourself, in the privacy of your own home. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that the state is expanding the availability of its collection of home COVID-19 tests.
The test kits were initially only available to people who received food assistance or people with disabilities.
Now, home testing kits are available to anyone over the age of 2 in North Carolina – and the Department of Health and Human Services will even cover the costs.
Kits are donated by Labcorp and shipped to your home overnight. They contain a nasal swab, a sample container and detailed instructions.
You then send the test back to Labcorp in a prepaid envelope. Results will be available on your computer or phone within 24-48 hours.
NCDHHS always encourages people to get vaccinated. Currently, 44% of people in North Carolina have at least one injection, while 41% are fully immunized.
President Joe Biden wants that number to be 70% by July 4.
Anyone 18 years of age or older can request a test collection kit for themselves online or through several community partner organizations. Parents or guardians can request a test collection kit for ages 2-17.
Click here to learn more about the program, view frequently asked questions, and request a test kit. Supplies may be limited.
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