At-home COVID tests now available in Wisconsin

By Patrick Lynn

Wisconsinites can now order free COVID-19 testing kits for at-home use, Gov. Tony Evers announced on Tuesday.

The saliva-based test kits are available thanks to a contract with Vault Medical Services, a news release from Evers’ office said. All Wisconsin residents can order a kit, whether not they are symptomatic, at no cost.

“We believe that anyone in Wisconsin who needs to be tested for COVID-19 should have access to a test,” Evers said in the news release. “We also know that getting to a health care provider or a community testing site isn’t easy for everyone, and that’s why we are excited to offer this new option to make testing even more accessible for folks across our state.”

The collection kit includes detailed instructions and a video call with a testing supervisor through Vault Medical Services. The tests are then shipped back to a lab for processing via UPS.

“As we roll out the COVID-19 vaccine to more Wisconsinites, we need to continue testing, contact tracing, and public health measures such as wearing a mask and social distancing,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm.

The free kits can be ordered here.