People who are blind or have low vision may now order Ellume COVID-19 Home Tests, “which are more accessible than other options,” at no cost. Tests detect currently circulating COVID variants and are intended for use until the end of 2023. They have been made available through a partnership between the HHS (Health and Human Service) Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response and the United States Postal Service. Supplies of these more accessible tests are limited. Therefore, people are asked to “order them only if they do not have a way to use the other types of tests, such as assistive technology or a trusted family member or friend who can assist…” The test works through use of a smartphone app to provide audio step-by-step instructions for administering it and audio test results. Users need to have a compatible, Bluetooth-enabled smartphone and download and install a free app from either the Apple App Store (for iOS) or Google Play Store (for Android). To order:
– Via phone: For regular tests or more accessible tests: Call 1-800-232-0233 and follow the instructions provided;
– Additional ways to order: By phone, via the Disability Information and Assistance Line (DIAL), at 888-677-1199; by visiting the DIAL website for chat and ASL services; or email [email protected]. Operators are available Monday through Friday 8 am to 9 pm ET; or
– Online: People who are visually impaired can order tests through DIAL.
For additional details, visit the ACL (Administration for Community Living) webpage on Free at-home COVID-19 tests: Ellume tests available for people who are blind or have low vision.