ND Health Department Distributes Free At-Home COVID-19 Testing Statewide

BISMARCK, ND — The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) announced today that it will make more than 1.5 million COVID-19 home test kits available statewide.

Home testing kits, which were ordered by NDDoH with funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, have started arriving in the state. The program is intended to supplement the current federal program to distribute free tests.

Test kits are being distributed statewide and will be free to pick up starting Tuesday, February 15. Citizens are recommended to take the tests as needed, with a start of two tests per household member.

Many health districts and county public health offices have already sent out press releases indicating their intention to distribute the free test kits in their areas.

People who want to pick up these free test kits can find a location near them through the NDDoH website at: http://health.nd.gov/covidtesting — located in the “test locations” table. This table will be updated twice a week as more locations receive home test shipments.

Two types of tests arrived within the framework of these first orders. These include Celltrion which is licensed for people 14 years and older and iHealth which is licensed for people 2 years and older.

There are no home tests allowed for children under 2; children this age should be tested at a community testing site or clinic.

Individuals do not need to report their home test results to the NDDoH, as the department cannot validate results from home test kits. Those who need a validated result or letter for official purposes should request a test from a health care provider or local public health testing site.

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