Connecticut COVID-19 Response

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COVID-19 Self Test Kits


COVID-19 self-tests were distributed to municipalities and schools throughout Connecticut in an effort to help curb the spread of COVID-19. 


The Connecticut Department of Public Health, Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and Connecticut National Guard oversaw the distribution of the kits, with support from regional and local emergency management teams.


On this page, learn about the test brands distributed in CT and how to obtain free kits from the state and the federal government. 



Brands of COVID-19 Self-Test Kits Distributed in CT


There are four brands of COVID-19 self-tests distributed by the state. More information and instructions on each type of kit can be found by visiting each company’s website or viewing the instructional videos below:




How to Pick Up Free Self-Test Kits Distributed in Connecticut


Check the website of your local municipality. Many local sites post information on where, when and how to pick up free self-test kits for yourself and/or your family. 


Order Free COVID-19 Self-Test Kits From the U.S. Government


Visit this federal website to order free at-home testing kits for your household. As of March 2022, your home is eligible to order a total of 8 kits. So, if you already ordered 4 kits in January and/or February, you can order 4 more.


Self Tests for Communities and Tribal Nations


Communities and Tribal Nations can find guidance for distribution of the self-tests here:  Revised guidance from the Connecticut Department of Public Health to towns and cities on the distribution of tests and mask


When to Use a Self Test


If you need to be tested for COVID-19, consider using a self-test that can be performed at home or anywhere else. Sometimes a self-test is also called a “home test,” an “at-home test,” or an “over-the-counter (OTC) test” ( Self-Testing | CDC).


Testing is critically important to help reduce the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. If you have symptoms or had a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, you should be tested, regardless of your vaccination status. You may also consider self-testing to screen for COVID-19 immediately before an activity to see if you are positive for COVID-19. You should isolate if you test positive.



Why Use a COVID-19 Self-Test?
Learn when you should use your self-test, what is in the kit, and how to protect yourself and others against COVID-19.
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Will my at-Home Rapid Test Work?
Your self-test will work regardless of whether you’ve been vaccinated, and you don’t need to have symptoms to use it.
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What do my Self-Test Results Mean?
You’ve taken your rapid antigen test, now find out what to do next if your result is positive, negative, or inconclusive.
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