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White House, USPS finalizing plans to ship test kits to U.S. homes

The Biden administration is finalizing detail with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver 500 million COVID-19 testing kits to households across the country, kickstarting a key element to President Joe Biden’s response to the omicron variant.

The White House will launch a website allowing Americans to request the rapid tests, according to a report by The Washington Post. Officials aim to begin shipping the kits by mid-January.

Organizers are hopeful the new plan will help alleviate some of the stress on local testing sites and pharmacies, which have seen floods of people looking for testing after the holidays.

Latest COVID-19 data

South Carolina health officials reported 12,996 total cases of COVID-19 Jan. 7, with 9,376 confirmed. A total of 6 new deaths, with 5 confirmed, were also reported.

With 42,790 tests reported Friday, 29.3% were confirmed positive.

Percentage of S.C. residents age 12+ with at least one vaccine: 65.5%
Percentage of of S.C. residents age 12+ who have completed vaccination: 56.5%
Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 with at least one vaccine: 13.4%
Percentage of S.C. residents age 5-11 who have completed vaccination: 8.2%