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The U.S. Postal Service has begun taking orders free of charge at-home coronavirus check kits.
The web site COVIDtests.gov was initially slated to start taking orders on Wednesday. White Home press secretary Jen Psaki says the location is within the “beta testing” stage and “will likely be launched formally tomorrow morning [Wednesday].”
Every family order will include 4 speedy assessments, which the Postal Service says will likely be shipped free of charge “in late January.”
The White Home says it is going to prioritize shipments to People from ZIP codes which have skilled excessive charges of COVID-19 instances and deaths, with the primary 20% of every day’s orders going to these areas.
There may also be a cellphone quantity so these with out entry to computer systems or high-speed web can place orders.
Some 700,000 individuals had been on the check package web site at one level Tuesday afternoon. (Click on right here to see what number of customers are on the location.)
Some on Twitter reported issues with orders from residents of condo buildings with a number of items being instructed that somebody from that family had already ordered the assessments. In keeping with the Related Press:
There have been remoted studies Tuesday afternoon of points referring to the web site’s handle verification instrument erroneously implementing the four-per-household cap on condo buildings and different multi-unit dwellings, nevertheless it was not instantly clear how widespread the problem was.
President Biden final week introduced that the administration plans to purchase 1 billion at-home assessments for People and likewise mentioned the White Home will make high-quality masks out there free of charge, with particulars popping out this week.