The federal government is putting a pause on sending free COVID-19 testing kits to Americans. However, the program is still accepting orders before this Friday, September 2nd. With recent surges of both COVID-19 cases and the percentage of tests reported that are positive in Malheur County, home testing when symptomatic or exposed to a known case is an important tool to reduce the number of outbreaks.
Visit COVIDtests.gov and enter your mailing address to have free iHealth rapid-antigen COVID-19 home tests sent to you. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order THREE rounds of free at-home tests. Each shipment includes two kits of two tests each. Each household is eligible for a total of 12 tests but must order by this Friday. Need help placing an order for your at-home tests? Call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489).
Reminder: iHealth rapid-antigen home COVID-19 tests currently have a 12 month extension in their expiration dates. See the FDA iHealth extension dates, as of July 8, 2022, here.
The most important action you can take to prevent serious illness is to be vaccinated. Call your healthcare provider, pharmacy, or our office at 541-889-7279 to schedule an appointment.
COVID-19 vaccine boosters can further enhance or restore protection that might have decreased over time after your primary series vaccination. People are protected best from severe COVID-19 illness when they stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines, which includes getting all recommended boosters when eligible. Use the step by step guide on the CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters page to find out when you can get your booster or call our office at 541-889-7279 if you received your vaccines in Idaho or Oregon and we’re happy to look it up for you.
For a snapshot of the weekly COVID-19 monitoring, see the graphic below and stay up to date on the OHA dashboards.