SANTA ANA, Calif.—The Orange County Health Care Agency announced on Dec. 28 free at-home COVID-19 tests kits—saliva-based and nasal swab options—have been made available for those who live or work in the county.
Individuals can order “self-collection” test kits through the agency’s website.
The test kits may be delivered to Orange County zip codes only and include prepaid return shipping.
The agency recommends those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who have been exposed to the virus, regardless of vaccination status, order the kits.
Within 24–48 hours, the agency will fulfill the orders.
The agency suggested that individuals living in Orange County call their health care provider for a COVID-19 test before ordering a self-collection kit.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated COVID-19 guidelines by shortening the recommended isolation and quarantine period for the general population from ten days to five days.
In addition, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told ABC News testing at the end of isolation isn’t required because PCR tests can stay positive for up to 12 weeks.
Orange County currently shows approximately 1,000 new cases, 322 new hospitalizations—66 ICU patients—and 6 new deaths, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.
Over 6 million tests have been administered to date in Orange County, according to the agency.