All US Households Can Order An Additional 8 Covid-19 At-Home Tests
The Biden administration announced Tuesday that all US households can order 8 additional free at-home coronavirus tests. The intention is to provide easy access to rapid tests in preparation for predicted Summer and Fall surges.
These tests are part of the original 1 billion at-home tests the Biden administration committed to providing, 350 million have already been distributed through March.
Covid-19 cases have risen again in the north east, although states and local Health Departments have limited data on case counts due to the increase in home tests, lower severity of the newer variants and decreased contract tracing.
Currently most of the northeast, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine have all reached high rates of transmission. According to NJ State, Passaic County is among the counties with increasing case counts, with Bergen and Middlesex Counties currently the highest. Hospitalization and death rates remain low however, compared to past surges.
But this current surge is appearing at a time when the Fall booster shot immunity may be waning for most. The CDC indicates booster immunity begins to decrease at about 5 months after the shot. The Clifton Health Department continues to provide second booster doses to those eligible. To be eligible you must be 18 or older and moderately to severely immunocompromised, or 50 years of age or older.
Booster Clinics are held on Wednesdays from 9:00am-12:00pm at the Clifton City Hall Courtroom, 900 Clifton Ave., in Clifton. To read the Clifton Health Departments latest information on Covid-19 click here.
To order your free at-home tests, visit www.covid.gov/tests