The Perfect Enemy | Wisconsin’s Say Yes! COVID home test program expands before holidays
December 1, 2022
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The state health department has expanded its “Say Yes! COVID Test” program to allow Wisconsinites to order five tests per month per household.

Orders can be made at SayYesCovidHomeTest.org. People can also order by calling 211 or 877-947-2211.

The expansion comes just in time for the holiday season. Each month, Wisconsinites can order one box of tests and have then delivered to their door, free of charge.

“With the holidays coming up, we want to give Wisconsinites the tools they need to safely celebrate with their loved ones,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. “These free self-tests are delivered right to the door, allowing people to take a COVID-19 test at home and make decisions that will keep those around them safe.”

The state’s free COVID test program started up in September, just as the federal government ended its free test program, the federal website says, “because Congress hasn’t provided additional funding to replenish the nation’s stockpile of tests.”

So far, the state program has sent 760,000 rapid antigen tests to 152,000 households. Overall, the state has distributed more than 1 million tests through schools, local and tribal health departments, shelters and more.

“A priority of our COVID-19 prevention efforts continues to be working to provide all Wisconsinites with equitable access to COVID-19 testing,” said DHS Deputy Secretary Deb Standridge.

Health officials recommend people take a test any time they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, which include cough, fever and fatigue, and/or five days after a known exposure to a person who has COVID-19. The recommendation is regardless of the person’s vaccination status.

Health officials note that some tests may arrive past their expiration dates. These tests can still be used. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has extended expiration dates for many COVID-19 tests, having been assured they’re still good to use until six months past the expiration date.

Officials recommend people who test positive stay home and isolate for at least five days. The state health department has also launched a free telehealth program that allows people who are at high-risk of COVID-19 complications to get a prescription for antiviral medication, which can be filled at a nearby pharmacy or by having medications mailed to patients overnight.

Contact Devi Shastri at 414-224-2193 orDAShastri@jrn.com. Follow her on Twitter at@DeviShastri.