We had all hoped the COVID-19 pandemic would be over by now. And yet the struggle continues. I tested positive during the omicron surge. Being laid up with a cough, sore throat and head fog is not my preferred state of being. During these dark days, I am grateful that my symptoms were not worse. I am also incredibly thankful for the resources we do have to keep ourselves safe and healthy. Masks, vaccines, and testing are vital, as is staying in touch with our neighbors, friends and family. Call up your aunt this weekend, check on your neighbor. They’ll be happy to hear from you.
Free at-home COVID-19 rapid tests are available for order and shipment through the United States Postal Service.. Each order contains 4 individual tests.
Wake County Public Health offers five drive-thru COVID-19 testing locations with appointment six days a week. There is no cost to make an appointment and no ID or insurance are needed. All sites use self-administered PCR tests, which are painless and require people to swab just inside their nose. Results should come back in less than 12 hours.
The NC Department of Health and Human Services and LabCorp also have a program to request free at-home testing kits. These are PCR tests that are mailed back to a lab in a postage-paid envelope.