SDDOH begins distribution of 1 million free COVID-19 tests

Covid 19 Testing

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PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Department of Health began operations on Friday to promptly and efficiently distribute one million Flowflex COVID-19 Antigen home tests to sites across the state.

The first batch of 187,500 FDA-authorized tests kits arrived in Pierre and were sorted and shipped to destinations both East and West River, prioritizing long-term care facilities statewide.

“We are delivering on the promise made by Governor Noem to get a free COVID-19 test in the hands of any citizen that wants one,” said Interim Health Secretary Joan Adam. “Making access to testing fast and convenient is key in fighting back against COVID-19.”

Gov. Noem announced earlier this month that the DOH had procured an additional one million Flowflex COVID-19 Antigen home tests to be distributed free of charge to state residents.

Flowflex COVID-19 Antigen tests can be done at home in as little as 15 minutes using the provided step-by-step instruction guide included in each test kit. These antigen tests are reliable, and if you receive a positive result, you do not need confirmation through your healthcare provider.

The DOH encourages residents that test positive to follow CDC isolation guidance.

The DOH also expects the complete order of one million tests to be available in such places as courthouses, airports, schools, pharmacies, among other sites, over the next two weeks, if no further supply chain delays occur.

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