The Mills Administration has announced that Maine residents may now reorder free COVID-19 test kits through Project Access COVID Tests a partnership between the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and The Rockefeller Foundation that mails at-home tests directly to households throughout the state.

As of Monday, Aug. 1, households in Maine that have already ordered two test kits through Project ACT are eligible to reorder one additional free kit of five rapid tests. The program has remained open for households to receive COVID-19 test kits since its launch in January 2022.

“Our successful partnership with Project ACT improves access to free, convenient tests for Maine families, helping to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep Maine communities safe and healthy,” said Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew and Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Nirav D. Shah. “As families prepare for back to school this fall, it is a great time to once again visit AccessCOVIDTests.org and have tests on hand in case children get sick or come into contact with someone with COVID-19.”

Any Maine resident can visit the Project ACT website, AccessCovidTests.org, to place their order. No payment information is required — both the tests and shipping are free to residents – and the tests will be delivered through Amazon approximately one week after ordering. The tests require a quick swab inside each nostril, with results available within minutes. Any individual over the age of two can use the tests. As of July 8, 2022, the shelf-life of these rapid antigen tests has been extended from 6 to 12 months.

Maine residents can also order free tests through the national initiative at COVIDtests.gov. More information about accessing free, rapid, at-home tests can be found on the COVID-19 Testing in Maine website.

In this phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, DHHS is focused on ensuring access to convenient at-home home tests. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Maine DHHS distributed 1,044,466 at-home tests to schools in Maine in April and early May 2022. Additionally, DHHS has distributed nearly 120,000 Federally funded tests to childcare facilities across the state to help limit the spread of COVID-19 while minimizing job disruptions for parents and employers.

Maine’s expansion of home testing capacity also complements PCR and rapid tests provided at pharmacies and other sites. DHHS is continuing its partnership with Walgreens which administers BinaxNOW rapid tests at no cost to consumers.

Given this wide availability of testing and low demand at the 12 Swab and Send testing sites that remain in operation, DHHS will end its contracts with providers for Swab and Send testing effective Sept. 30. PCR testing will remain available at Walgreens locations and other commercial pharmacies. Consumers may be charged a fee.

More information about accessing COVID-19 testing can be found on the COVID-19 Testing in Maine website.