September 21, 2023

Free COVID-19 Rapid Tests from the Federal Government

Residents Urged to Test for COVID if they are sick or after exposure

Beginning Monday, September 25, every U.S. household can place an order to receive four free COVID-19 rapid tests delivered directly to their home by mail. To order tests, visit Cambridge residents can also pick up free rapid tests from the Cambridge Public Health Department at 119 Windsor Street while supplies last.

Many rapid tests have had expiration dates extended. Before you throw out “expired” tests, check to see if your COVID-19 tests’ expiration dates have been extended.

There has been an increase in COVID-19 activity in the community. You should stay home and test if you have COVID-19 symptoms (e.g., stuffy nose, fever, sore throat). If you test positive, talk to your doctor right away about treatment options, which can lessen symptoms and shorten the duration of illness. You can also contact the state’s free telehealth program for COVID-19 treatment to talk to a clinician and have Paxlovid delivered to your home.

If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 (spending 15 minutes or more, unmasked, with a person who has COVID), wear a mask for 10 days and and test on day 6 and day 10 after your exposure. For more detailed isolation and exposure guidelines, visit the CDC website. 

COVID-19 questions? Call the health department COVID hotline at 617-933-0797.