State launches at-home rapid COVID-19 test portal

In an effort to increase access to at-home rapid tests across the state, the Washington State Department of Health has launched a statewide portal that will allow COVID-19 tests to ship directly to households.

Washington state residents can now visit to order rapid-antigen COVID tests online, and will receive those tests delivered at no cost. People can order up to five free tests for a household. Supply will be limited at first, however, and will restock as more become available.

People can still get COVID-19 tests through any of the following options:

• Order free at-home COVID-19 tests through the federal program

• Purchase an at-home test at local retailers and pharmacies.

• For residents with health insurance, most insurers will now directly cover or reimburse up to eight at-home tests per month, for each person on a plan.

• Find a test at a nearby testing location.

It is possible to report a positive test result from an at-home test through the state’s COVID-19 hotline. Hotline personnel will determine next steps based on a resident's zip code so results can be recorded and reported. Staff can also guide callers through any questions they may have. The state hotline, 1-800-525-0127 (then press #), is available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Language assistance is available.

DOH encourages all smartphone users to download or enable WA Notify,, for exposure notifications and to plug in positive results. Those using WA Notify at the time they test positive for COVID-19 can record their positive test results directly from their devices.

It is important to note that Washington is experiencing a surge of cases across the state, so if people who have symptoms should assume they have COVID-19 even if they don’t have a test to confirm it, and stay home if sick.

To find testing sites in Pierce County, visit


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