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Covid test kits: Postal Service comes through

Written February 9th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

These are the test kits that the Postal Service delivered to my house.

Say what you want about the government’s response to the Covid pandemic, but give credit to the post office for doing its part.

The U.S. Postal Service got the job of sending free self-testing kits to millions of Americans. And as far as I can tell, it has come through.

In Washington, the White House announced the campaign on Tuesday, Jan. 18. Because do-it-yourself test kits were said to be hard to find in some parts of the country, the government would send four of the kits to every household in America that asked for them.

The post office, they said, would open a website to take requests starting the following day, Wednesday. But in fact the service had already done so, because when I heard about this from one of my sons that Tuesday morning the 18th, I went online and placed an order for our house.

This Tuesday morning, yesterday, the post office sent me an email. “Hello Covid Test Recipient,” it began, “your item is out for delivery on February 8 at 6:10 a.m. in Albany, OR 97321.”

The message added that USPS expected to deliver the package by 9 p.m. Our mail delivery person did a lot better than that. The kits were in our mailbox by early afternoon.

The White House had said the government was preparing to ship 500 million test kits, and orders to the website would be filled in up to 12 days. In an operation that big, you’d expect some glitches and some slippage of the schedule.

But it could not have taken more than a few days to process my order. Then they sent it to wherever the kits were purchased or stored, and then they put them in the mail, from Topeka, Kansas. And they not only got it here in just under three weeks total, but they also kept track of it and notified me the morning it would arrive.

From a logistics standpoint, that’s way better than what I had expected.

Now, as for the test kits themselves: The package says you can use a single test to confirm Covid if you have symptoms. But if you don’t have symptoms, you should use at least two tests.

No symptoms yet — knock on wood — so I think we’ll wait. (hh)

10 responses to “Covid test kits: Postal Service comes through”

  1. Bob Woods says:

    We received 2 kits in today’s (2/9) mail.

  2. B.A. Ware says:

    The CDC says test sites should treat all waste of both suspected and confirmed specimens as “biohazardous waste.”

    The CDC wouldn’t allow at home tests to be put in the trash or littered on the roadside, would they?

    So where is the closest licensed infectious waste treatment facility?

  3. Gordon L. Shadle says:

    A story that applauds the USPS? That ain’t gonna sell ads on your blog.

    Here is the story that will make you real money – the companies who will make mega bucks supplying the 1 billion at home tests:

    iHealth Labs (a unit of a Chinese company – $1.3b)
    Abbott Labs ($306m),
    Quidel ($636m),
    OraSure ($555m),
    and about 60 smaller companies.

    All told, about $4 billion of “free” tests.

    If I were a member of congress a “buy” market order would have been submitted to my broker months ago.

    • hj.anony1 says:

      Oh wise 1….never use market orders. Limit orders is where it is totally at.

      Big “rush” Kudos to those in Congress introducing a bill to ban stock trades of all flavors by said members!

  4. Tim says:

    Ours were ordered on 1/18. Were promised 7-12 days for delivery. Multiple press reports from the White House have supported that timeline. For me, as of 2/9, still have not received them. In the meantime, we have procured our own kits from Walgreens and a Philomath pharmacy.

  5. Larry says:

    Received ours. “Made in China”

  6. Ray Kopczynski says:

    Ours arrived on 02/07…

  7. Al Nyman says:

    Why does anybody need to test? If you don’t feel good stay home. Otherwise go about your business as it is spreading like a wild fire (we had 10 employees get it in less than a week and all were wearing masks! I know at least 10 houses or business that have been hit in the last month.

  8. Ted salmons says:

    Placed my order on January 18th and received confirmation from USPS that my order was placed. Since then bupkis.

  9. Don Strickland says:

    Everybody trust the kits made in China? Why can’t “our” govt. spend the billions of $’s at home? Why increase the ntl. debt off shore, when they could do it domestically? Another rash decision made without thinking?


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