Due to a lack of congressional funding, the federal financial support for free COVID-19 testing programs has been suspended, but the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) will continue to provide free at-home test kits through the end of 2022.
With respiratory illnesses like RSV and the flu in peak season, at-home test kits play an essential role in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. Rapid at-home tests allow people to determine their COVID-19 status without risking further exposure at a health care facility.
Additionally, as of December 5, DOH has updated its testing guidance to allow the use of at-home rapid antigen testing for children under 2 years of age. At this time, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved or authorized any at-home COVID-19 rapid antigen test for use in children under 2 years of age. However, at-home tests can be safely used for children under 2 years of age after being exposed, while in isolation, and if a child is experiencing symptoms.
DOH recommends that parents or guardians that choose to test children under 2 years of age administer the at-home tests themselves and follow the instructions for use that come with the test for specific directions on testing children. Using at-home tests will help relieve the demand for testing in primary care, urgent care, and emergency departments settings which are currently overwhelmed, especially the pediatric health care system.
Find in-language instructions for common brands of at-home test kits in our At-Home Testing folder in Dropbox.