Tuesday, June 22, 2021

At-Home COVID-19 Tests Now Available Locally

Three major national retailers are now offering at-home COVID-19 tests that can provide results within as little as 15 minutes. Peninsula consumer can find them at local CVS stores, or can order them online from Walgreens and Walmart pharmacies, although availability is limited.

The three most popular types of test kits that are being offered nationally include:

  • Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test
  • Pixel by Labcorp Home Collection
  • Ellume COVID-19 Home Test Kit

The Abbott test is the most widely available. It contains two tests that should be taken two times over a three-day period, with at least a 36-hour break in between tests. The Pixel is the most expensive of the three and also takes as long as two days to provide results. However, it uses the same testing technology used by hospitals. The Ellume kit is a one-test swab and was the first to receive emergency authorization from the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

For those who still wish to practice social distancing, the Abbott and Pixel kits are available online, although some are currently out of stock. To check local availability, use the links below:

CVS

As of the publication date of this article, the Abbott test was out of stock online, but is available at local stores that you can search by zip code. The Pixel test is only available online through CVS. The Ellume kit is currently not available online or in stores locally, but CVS plans to make this available at most locations nationwide by late May.

Walgreens

The Abbott test kit can be ordered online and picked up locally or delivered to your home.

Walmart

The Abbott test kit is also available online and can be delivered to your home.

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