DHS: Wisconsin now offers at-home COVID-19 testing option

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced on Tuesday, Dec. 22 a new contract with Vault Medical Services that will add an additional tool to the Wisconsin COVID-19 testing toolbox.

At-home COVID-19 saliva collection kits will be available to everyone who lives in Wisconsin, with or without symptoms, at no cost.

A news release indicates Wisconsinites can order a collection kit online and have it shipped to their home. The kit will include detailed instructions on how to collect the saliva, which includes a video call with a testing supervisor through Vault Medical Services, and ship it back via UPS dropbox to the lab for processing.

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A saliva test is similar to a nasal swab test you might receive from a provider or at a community testing site. Like a nasal swab test, a saliva test determines whether you have an active COVID-19 infection and can spread it to others.

More information can be found on the Wisconsin COVID-19 testing webpage.

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