Free at-home COVID-19 tests are available now. Washington State Department of Health encourages community members to take advantage of free tests while supplies last.
With upper respiratory season at a high peak, at-home tests offer a way for individuals to check their COVID status without needing to access the healthcare system.
Beginning Sept. 25, 2023, people may once again order free tests through the federal government at COVIDtests.gov. These tests are intended for use through 2023 and will come with instructions for how to check for expiration date extensions. Read more about this program in this article.
The antigen tests take 15 minutes to complete, offering users a convenient way to check whether they are infected with COVID-19. Users can follow up with a test from a medical provider or test site to verify results. Those testing positive can report their test result to Washington's COVID-19 hotline at 1–800–525–0127. More information and resources available here.
Testing is one important way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, along with staying current on vaccines, wearing a well-fitted mask in crowded or poorly ventilated indoor settings, frequent handwashing, and staying home when sick.