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COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Over-The-Counter Test Kits Information

In conjunction with vaccination and other measures, self-testing can help reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19

  • Over-the-counter tests do not require a provider and can be administered at-home, with or without symptoms

Pennsylvanians can obtain over-the-counter rapid tests via publicly accessible channels:

  • Via mail by ordering at covidtests.gov or 1-800-232-0233 / TTY: 1-888-720-7489 – residents who ordered tests in February are now eligible for an additional 4 tests per household
  • At a community health center or rural health clinic: residents can learn more and find locations here
  • From a retail store or pharmacy where many over-the-counter tests are free or reimbursable under insurance
  • Via programs set up by a local county or municipal health department: residents should check what testing resources their local health departments may provide

In addition, specific populations can also access tests via DOH's other programs or connections with federal programs:

  • K-12 schools: DOH has partnered with Ginkgo to offer staffing and supplies for free PCR and rapid antigen testing, in addition to tests provided by the federal government
  • Long-term care facilities: In addition to supplies offered by the federal government, DOH is continuing distributions of rapid antigen test kits to facilities with CLIA certificates and need
  • Community-based PCR testing: DOH has partnered with AMI to offer free PCR tests at rotating community-based sites

In parallel, DOH is providing a limited number of at-home tests for distribution to the public via state health centers and other community partners:

  • These resources are intended for Pennsylvania's high-need populations with otherwise limited access to testing – residents who can access publicly available resources should seek those to the extent that they are able to
  • Test distributions will be limited per-person; pick-up locations and times can be found below

Test information:

  • Tests have received Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA
  • Tests are approved for at-home use and do not require a medical provider to oversee use
  • Tests are approved for individuals two and older; tests can be self-collected by an individual aged 14 years and older, children aged 2-13 years should be tested by an adult
  • Tests provide results in about 15 minutes

Pickup information:

  • Test kits are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis at the pickup sites & times below. No appointment is necessary
  • Tests are free to all individuals
  • Individuals are not required to show symptoms of COVID-19 in order to pick up a test kit
  • Individuals are limited to picking up a maximum of 4 tests to ensure equitable distribution across the Commonwealth

Organization/entity nameStreetCityZip codeCountyDistribution times
Bedford Co SHC130 Vondersmith Ave, Suite ABedford15522BedfordTuesday - Thursday 8:30 - 11:30am; 1:30 - 4pm
Roaring Spring Community Library320 E Main StRoaring Spring16673BlairMonday 9am-6:30pm, Tuesday-Thursday 9am-4pm
St Vincent de Paul Society Northern Cambria1907 Bigler Avenue #124Northern Cambria15714CambriaMonday & Friday 10am-1pm; Tuesday & Thursday 9am-12pm
Antioch Tabernacle Church1920 North StreetHarrisburg17103DauphinTuesdays 10am-12pm
Lancaster Public Library125 N. Duke StreetLancaster17602LancasterMonday-Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday: 9am-2pm
Monroe County Office of Emergency Management100 Gypsum Rd, Suite 100Stroudsburg18360MonroeMonday - Friday 8am - 4:30pm
PA Department of Health167 N. Main St Ste 100 Lower LevelWashington PA15301WashingtonMonday - Friday 8am-4:30pm