Tuesday, September 27, 2022

US government is giving twice as many COVID test kits through the mail

The US government has doubled the number of COVID-19 test kits that people can order for their home.

The government had earlier limited households to an order of four home rapid test kits, however, now families can order eight kits. According to the US Postal Service, the kits come in two packages and will be shipped free of charge.

Those who have ordered previous test kits from the program are also eligible for the second round.

You can click here to order the kit through the USPS website.

The increased distribution comes as COVID cases in the US have seen a spurt in recent weeks. The seven-day rolling average on Sunday reported 150% more cases than the previous month, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The average was the highest recorded by the CDC in nearly three months.

The number of reported COVID hospitalizations has also increased.

According to the CDC, the seven-day rolling average of last week’s hospitalizations increased by 8.3% over the previous week.

COVID-related deaths tracked by the CDC continue to decline. The CDC on Sunday reported 40 deaths due to COVID, a drop since the most recent Omicron wave began at the beginning of the year.

Earlier this month, experts noted the presence of a new “highly permeable” Omicron subvariant, BA.2.12.1.

The presence of the subvariant nearly doubled in the past month in reported cases, according to CDC data.

The new Omicron subvariant was reported in 42.6% of cases for the week ending May 7 in the last week of data reported by the CDC.

This is compared with the subvariant’s 18.5 per cent prevalence in reported cases for the week ended April 16.

After Vice President Kamala Harris tested positive for COVID-19 in late April, Dr. Ashish Jha, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator, warned Americans about the new version.

“It will be hard to make sure that nobody in America gets COVID,” he said.


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