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Free at-home COVID-19 tests

As of March 8, 2024, the Free COVID Test program has ended and Ellume tests are no longer available.   

If you need information on how to find other COVID testing, please visit this webpage.


Note: Previously distributed Ellume tests expire in April 2024.

What makes the Ellume tests more accessible

The test works with a smartphone app to provide:

  • Audio step-by-step instructions for administering the test.
  • Audio test results.

Supplemental instructions for blind and low vision users

The Ellume COVID-19 home test was found by blind users to be more accessible than the other at-home tests currently available. The test was not created specifically for blind users, and it is not perfectly accessible, but blind users have found that they could use this test independently.

Some of the app functions, parts of the test itself, and portions of the instructions have created challenges users have had to navigate around. Based on the experiences people have shared -- and their suggestions for addressing some of the challenges --  we compiled these supplemental instructions to help people who are blind or who have low vision use the test. 

To use the tests, you must

  • Have a compatible Bluetooth-enabled smartphone.
  • Download and install a free app from the Apple App Store (for iOS) or Google Play Store (for Android).

Need more assistance?

The trained staff at the Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL) can provide additional assistance with:

  • Finding other COVID tests.
  • Providing alternative instructions for traditional at-home tests, which may make it possible for blind and low-vision users to use those tests.
  • For those who cannot use an at-home test, DIAL operators can:
    • Connect callers to local organizations for assistance locating other testing options in their community, including in-home testing programs or transportation or companion support to visit a community-based testing site.
  • Call 888-677-1199, visit the DIAL website for chat and ASL services, or email DIAL operators are available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Eastern)

Last modified on 03/08/2024

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