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Federal government provides free at-home COVID-19 test kits

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, North Carolina – Households can now receive four COVID-19 home tests free of charge through the Postal Service by simply filling out an online form.

Tests can be requested by visiting www.CovidTests.gov and submitting your name and address to the system. Each address is limited to one order which will contain four tests and the rapid home tests are expected to ship within 7 to 12 days of ordering, according to White House officials.

“One of the biggest issues we’re seeing, not just here in New Hanover County but across the country, is the ability to get tested for COVID-19 in a timely manner,” said the deputy director of health, Carla Turner. “The demand for testing far exceeds the supply and ability of the medical community to test, so we hope this resource for home testing will help meet some of the testing needs of our local residents. Health and Human Services are also working quickly to distribute all testing supplies we receive to our schools, homeless shelters and community medical providers to ensure testing is available in the most equitable manner. possible in our county.

In addition to home testing, New Hanover County residents can visitNCDHHS.gov/GetTested to find test sites in the area. Most sites require a prior appointment to be tested and information on how to register for a timeslot is available online from each provider.

“Testing is a key part of our efforts to help limit the spread of COVID-19,” said Jon Campbell, pandemic operations manager. “We also encourage everyone to wear a mask when indoors and around others, make sure you’re up to date on your vaccines with a COVID reminder, wash your hands often and stay home. if you are sick. Putting these proactive measures into practice will help you and our community stay as safe and healthy as possible. »

COVID-19 community data, as of January 20:

  • New Hanover County’s positivity percentage over the past 14 days is 35.2 percentage (this represents positive molecular testing (PCR) as a percentage of total PCR testing done countywide).
  • In the past 14 days, 6,413 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the county, an average of 458.1 cases per day.
  • According to the NHRMC, as of January 17, the average daily number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized over the previous week was 89.
  • About 144,520 inhabitants (about 62 percent) were vaccinated with two doses or one dose of J&J, and 71,917 inhabitants (about 30.7 percent) were vaccinated with a booster or extra dose.

View additional information and data on COVID-19 atHealth.NHCgov.com.

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