October 15, 2020 |
Wyoming residents can now use a free home test to see if they are infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, Governor Mark Gordon announced yesterday.
The saliva test is administered by a company called Vault Health, which normally charges $150 for the test, however, the fee is waived for Wyoming shipping addresses.
State Public Health Officer Doctor Alexia Harrist announced the state’s partnership with the company at last week’s news conference.
Pictured above: Image courtesy of CDC.
According to the Vault Health website, after registering online you will receive a test kit in the mail. The test is self-administered during a Zoom call with a supervisor. The process takes a few minutes. After you ship the sample back, you will receive your test results in up to 72 hours. Test results will be reported to the state.
The test detects specific genes from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The company says results could be positive, negative or, more rarely, inconclusive. It is not an antibody test, so it will not indicate if you have been infected with COVID 19 and recovered.
The governor is using federal CARES Act funds to make the testing available for free in Wyoming. For more information visit www.vaulthealth.com/covid.