As some areas prepare for an Omicron spike, the USPS conducts COVID tests - White House

As some areas prepare for an Omicron spike, the USPS conducts COVID tests - White House ...

After millions of orders were placed through a new federal website this week, the US Postal Service has begun shipping free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests, according to the White House on Friday.

The Federal government has enacted tens of millions of tests on hand and began sending them on Thursday, according to White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeffrey Zients.

As the rise in instances triggered by the highly transmissible Omicron variant began to subside in some states, the push to get tests in the hands of Americans at no cost.

The average daily COVID-19 cases from the Omicron variant in the United States has fallen by about 5% over the last week, particularly in areas that witnessed an early surge, such as New York, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, according to the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"In some parts of the country we are seeing the number of daily instances caused by the Omicron variation starting to decline," said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky at the briefing. "The increase in cases started at different times in different regions and (we) may continue to see high case counts in some areas of the country in the days and weeks ahead."

Daily COVID-19 hospitalizations have decreased about 1% on average by 21,000 in the last seven days, according to the woman.

Walensky claims that the agency is attempting to change its policy on COVID-19 vaccinations to encourage Americans to be "up-to-date" by having a timely booster dose, but that it does not know if it is formally changing its definition of fully vaccinated.

"Protection against infection and hospitalization with the Omicron variation is extremely important for those who are up to date with their vaccination, meaning those who are boosted when they are eligible," she said.

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