DHS launches new program for Wisconsin residents to get COVID tests by mail as federal effort ends

MADISON, Wis. — As the federal government winds down a program offering free COVID-19 tests by mail, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is filling the gap with its own free test program.

In a news release Thursday, DHS announced Wisconsin residents can request a package of five rapid antigen COVID-19 tests be mailed to them at no cost.

Initial supplies are limited to one package per household. DHS said the tests should arrive within one to two weeks.

“It is critical for Wisconsinites to have access to a COVID-19 test when they need one, and this program delivers tests right to their door,” DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake said in the release. “We encourage all Wisconsin households to have COVID-19 self-tests on hand to protect themselves and those around them.”

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The federal program will stop taking orders on Friday due to a lack of funding.

To request the free tests from DHS, click here.