White House launches hotline for free COVID-19 tests; here’s how it works

The White House is launching a phone line Friday that will allow people to order free COVID-19 tests, according to a senior White House adviser.

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The phone line will be activated at 8 a.m. ET Friday. Households can request up to four free tests.

The phone line was established to help those who do not have access to internet services get the free tests. An online site for ordering tests — COVIDtests.gov — was launched earlier this week.

“We’ve just seen the disproportionate impact on certain communities,” Dr. Cameron Webb, who advises President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 response team on equity, said in an interview. “The harder-hit communities have borne the brunt and most difficult aspects of this pandemic.”

The phone number to call for the tests is 800-232-0233. Orders can be placed from 8 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.

The phone line will offer services in 150 languages.