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Free COVID-19 home test kits available

Posted on April 12, 2021

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In partnership with Labcorp, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services will provide 35,000 Pixel by Labcorp COVID-19 PCR test collection kits to qualifying residents as part of a pilot program.

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In partnership with Labcorp, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services will provide 35,000 Pixel by Labcorp COVID-19 PCR test collection kits to qualifying residents as part of a pilot program.

State officials are offering free COVID-19 home test collection kits to low-income, disabled and homebound North Carolina residents.

In partnership with Labcorp, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services will provide 35,000 Pixel by Labcorp COVID-19 PCR test collection kits to qualifying residents as part of a pilot program. Kits will be shipped overnight to recipients’ homes.

“As a North Carolina-based company that is committed to quality health care for all, we are delighted to collaborate on this important initiative,” said Dr. Brian Caveney, Labcorp Diagnostics’ president and chief medical officer. “We believe this program will help protect some of our most vulnerable citizens and promote health and safety in our communities.”

The program’s initial pilot is designed to provide testing resources to individuals with COVID-19 symptoms or who may have been exposed and are members of the following eligible populations:

• Beneficiaries of North Carolina Food and Nutrition Services (formerly called the food stamp program) who may have difficulty accessing existing state-funded testing sites and resources.

• People with cognitive and intellectual, physical and sensory, substance abuse and mental health disabilities and other disabilities that affect their ability to visit COVID-19 testing sites.

The Pixel by Labcorp PCR molecular test detects the presence or absence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. The PCR designation indicates it’s a reverse polymerase chain reaction test, also known as a nucleic acid amplification test.

Each kit incudes test supplies such as a nasal swab and sample container, detailed instructions and prepaid return shipping materials to ensure residents can mail their samples to Labcorp for testing, according to a Department of Health and Human Services news release.

Results are typically available within 24-48 hours from the lab’s reciept of each specimen. Participants in the pilot program can view their test results on the Pixel by Labcorp website.

While vaccination efforts continue, state officials encourage residents to continue observing public health guidelines and get tested for COVID-19 if they have symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has the disease.

To learn more about eligibility and request and receive a test kit through the pilot program, visit www.pixel.labcorp.com/nc. 

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