Everlywell, a digital health company that offers in-home testing, has announced they will be releasing an at-home COVID-19 collection kit that will be available Monday, 23 March. The company will start will an initial supply of 30,000 available tests but hopes to eventually reach 250,000 Americans a week, with the aid of labs and other health companies.
“Everlywell was founded to give people affordable, convenient access to lab testing. Never has our mission been more important," said Julia Cheek, founder and CEO of Everlywell. "Our team has been working around the clock with top scientists and laboratories in the nation to develop a test that we will make available at the lowest price possible while covering our costs, at no profit to the company. We have also reached out to government and public health officials to explore possibilities to provide it for free."
Americans who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms will be able to order the test for $125 (not including insurance) on Everlywell’s website, following a quick questionare. After the collection kit is received and used by the customer, it will be shipped overnight to a partnering lab. The customer can then read their test results online within 48 hours of the lab receiving the test. For people whose test comes back positive, Everlywell will offer more consultation and next steps.
"As the COVID-19 public health emergency continues to worsen with community spread across the United States, there is an unmet medical need to broaden the access to testing for SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in a responsible manner to complement and help alleviate the potential overload on healthcare systems and healthcare providers if testing was only available in the limited clinical setting," said Dr. Frank Ong, M.D., chief medical and scientific officer, Everlywell.
"The extreme shortage of tests for COVID-19 puts millions of Americans at risk," said Cheek. "Everlywell is committed to helping stop the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. by making this test widely available. As the national leader in at-home lab testing, we want to use our resources and expertise to help as many people as we can. We are committed to this fight, and we're here to help."