HARTFORD, Conn.– Amid an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations, and on the eve of the colder fall and winter months, the Biden Administration is once again providing U.S. residents with free at-home COVID-19 tests.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that households may order up to four free tests through COVIDTests.gov starting on Monday, Sept. 25. The tests are intended for use through the end of the year and will detect the currently circulating COVID-19 variants. Connecticut residents are also encouraged to visit COVIDTests.gov to see if the expiration dates of any test kits they currently have at home have been extended.

“These at-home tests are an important component of the COVID-19 toolbox that we have at our disposal,” said Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner Manisha Juthani, MD. “In addition to these at-home tests, all people 6 months and older are eligible to receive the updated COVID-19 vaccine. If you are sick (e.g., fever, respiratory symptoms) please stay home. Consider wearing a high-quality mask when respiratory viruses are circulating at high levels in your community. These are all the ways we can continue to protect ourselves and manage this virus.”