White House says COVIDTests website will distribute free rapid tests starting January 19th

The site is live, but you won’t be able to order tests until Wednesday.

Update January 18th, 12:15PM ET: The site and ordering page are live now, one day earlier than expected.

The White House has announced that people will be able to order free COVID-19 tests from COVIDTests.gov starting on Wednesday, January 19th. This follows a promise that the government would be setting up a website to distribute 500 million tests, which President Joe Biden announced in December.

You’ll only have to put in two pieces of info to get a test shipped to you — your name and address. In its announcement, the White House said the tests will ship through the US Postal Service “within 7–12 days of ordering.” Currently, the limit is four tests per residential address.

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Author: Mitchell Clark