The federal government started taking orders Monday for a third round of Covid-19 test kits to be mailed to any U.S. household.
A Department of Health and Human Services website said Monday that all U.S. households were eligible to order a third round of tests. Each order now contains eight rapid antigen tests, the U.S. Postal Service website says. Previously, four tests were sent out at a time.
The White House announced the new eligibility Tuesday. It said that in total, about 350 million tests have been delivered by mail in the program.
The tests to be shipped in this new round were purchased earlier this year using funds from the American Rescue Plan, which was passed by Congress in 2021, the administration said.
A second round was announced in March.
The number of new Covid cases has been increasing in recent weeks. The White House cited the more transmissible subvariants of the omicron variant and the importance of testing in announcing the new round of eligibility Tuesday.