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US government offers twice as many COVID test kits by mail

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

The government previously limited households to one order of four rapid home test kits, but households can now order eight kits. The kits come in two packages and will ship free, according to the US Postal Service.

People who have ordered previous test kits under the program are also eligible for another round.

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

The increased distribution comes as COVID cases in the United States have seen an increase in recent weeks. The seven-day rolling average of cases on Sunday showed 150% more reported 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.

Last week’s seven-day rolling average of hospitalizations rose 8.3% from the previous week, according to the CDC.

COVID-related deaths tracked by the CDC have continued to decline. The CDC reported 40 COVID deaths on Sunday, a decline since omicron’s last wave began earlier this year.

Earlier this month, experts noted the appearance of a new “highly transmissible” omicron subvariant, BA.2.12.1.

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

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

This is compared to the 18.5% prevalence of the subvariant in cases reported for the week ending April 16.

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

“It’s going to be hard to make sure nobody gets COVID in America,” he said.



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