West Virginia unveils free home-based coronavirus testing

(David Santiago | David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)
Published: Dec. 2, 2020 at 4:53 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia has debuted a partnership for free home-based saliva coronavirus testing.

The testing kits from Vault Health can be requested on the state’s coronavirus website. Results are expected in 24 to 48 hours after individuals send their test sample back in the mail.

Officials said there are no restrictions on who can request the tests.

Dr. Clay Marsh, of the state coronavirus task force, says the do-it-yourself tests could reduce the manpower needed to administer testing, instead allowing those workers to concentrate on providing vaccinations in the coming months.

Gov. Jim Justice announced the news Wednesday as the state reported 20 additional deaths linked to COVID-19, bringing the total to at least 778 deaths. There were 678 new confirmed cases, for a total of 49,905.

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