Free COVID-19 home test kits are now available for order online through the federal government.

As virus numbers continue to rise, testing sites have seen a dramatic increase, and at-home kits have become increasingly difficult to find at local retailers. To help ease the strain on medical facilities, in January, the government rolled out a new program to get at-home test kits in the hands of residents. Every home in the U.S. is now eligible to order four individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests, which are offered at no cost and began shipping Jan. 24.

Orders may be placed through a special website hosted by the U.S. Postal Service. The kits usually ship in seven to 12 days. Visit Those who may have difficulty accessing the internet or who need additional assistance may call 1-800-232-0233.

For more information about the program, visit To find a physical testing facility in Maricopa County, visit or call 602-506-6767.