Mail-order COVID-19 tests are now available. Here's what Chattanoogans need to know.

Youngstown City Health Department worker Faith Terreri grabs two at-home COVID-19 test kits to be handed out during a distribution event, Dec. 30, 2021, in Youngstown, Ohio. The Biden administration on Tuesday quietly launched its website for Americans to request free at-home COVID-19 tests, a day before the site was scheduled to launch.The website, COVIDTests.gov, now includes a link for Americans to an order form run by the U.S. Postal Service where Americans can request four at-home tests per residential address. (AP Photo/David Dermer, File)

American households can now order free, at-home COVID-19 tests - which many across the Chattanooga region have struggled to find amid the current omicron surge - online through a new federal website that launched Tuesday.

The website is part of the Biden administration's efforts to expand access to at-home COVID-19 testing, with the first tests set to ship and arrive at residences across the nation before the end of the month.

A fact sheet about the program on the White House website states that starting Jan. 19, Americans will be able to order a test online at COVIDTests.gov. The Times Free Press tested the website Tuesday and found that it was already live with a notice at the top stating that it was "up and running early to help prepare for the full launch.

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