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COVID-19 rapid testing is now available for purchase starting Wednesday and January 19th

COVID-19 rapid testing is now available for purchase starting Wednesday and January 19th

Starting January 19, the White House announced that a half billion at-home rapid COVID-19 testing would be available to order.

The free tests will be sent directly to households via the USPS and will typically ship within seven to twelve days, too long for ideal testing following an exposure.

Testing is an important tool to assist with the elimination of the spread of COVID-19, reads the White House.

When they begin to have symptoms, public health experts and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that Americans use at-home vaccinations at least five days after coming in contact with someone who has COVID-19, or before of indoor gatherings with people who are unvaccinated.

The administration is also considering launching a call line to assist those who aren't able to access the website.

The omicron variant is said to be four times more contagious than the delta variant, which has led to the drop in Michigan. Transmission is high, cases have risen to record levels, and hospitals across the country saw more COVID-19 patients this week than at any previous point in the pandemic.

Some testing sites have been closed, but though public health officials have said that they are a valuable tool and should be widely available at a low-cost facility, their tests have been difficult to locate and expensive, for some, to purchase.


About 33% of tests in Michigan have been positive for SARS-CoV-2, but before November, the state had never achieved 20% positivity statewide.

A new federal requirement requires health insurers to pay the cost of eight over-the-counter COVID-19 tests per month starting Saturday, January 15.

In a statement, the company's director said, This new health insurance benefit will help reduce barriers to at-home COVID-19 testing..

As insurers are preparing for the implementation of this new coverage, Michigan residents should make checks and test boxes starting Saturday so they can be submitted for future reimbursement, according to the department.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has said that he will continue to work with federal partners to ensure that COVID-19 testing is easier to use and less expensive for every Michigander.

The costs of outside the pocket will vary depending on how the coverage is provided.

According to the insurance and financial services administration, a family of four who purchases 32 tests might save at least $384 a month. if insurers establish a network of preferred pharmacies or retailers, tests will be available without no upfront cost.

COVID testing is restricted to people who have private health insurance in Michigan.

Michigan Medicaid and MIChild participants are covered by the Food and Drug Administration's at-home testing.

More information about the Department of Health and Human Services can be found on the website.

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