Wisconsin residents will be getting at-home COVID-19 testing kits at no cost, Gov. Tony Evers announced last week.
The statewide, at-home testing program is part of a contract with Vault Medical Services that allows residents to order a saliva collection kit online and have it shipped to their home. The kit will include detailed instructions on how to collect the saliva. Residents will be able to communicate via video with a testing supervisor through Vault Medical Services. They then can ship the sample via UPS dropbox to the lab for processing.
“We believe that anyone in Wisconsin who needs to be tested for COVID-19 should have access to a test, and I’m proud of our statewide testing efforts throughout this pandemic,” Evers said. “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.”
To request an at-home test, visit dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/collection.htm.
As of Tuesday, Dane County reported 31,867 cases and 163 deaths; Green County reported 2,160 cases and eight deaths; and Walworth County reported 7,329 cases and 82 deaths, DHS data shows.
Across Wisconsin, 2,403 cases and 120 deaths were reported on Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 461,015 cases and 4,545 deaths.
Statewide hospitalizations increased by 187 admissions on Tuesday as 20,355 hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have been reported to date.
Wisconsin has a recovery rate of 91.5% as an estimated 34,863 cases remain active.