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Free COVID-19 test expiring? Go ahead and use it anyway

Federal regulators have extended the expiration date for the iHealth COVID-19 tests sent to thousands of Minnesotans


Justin Sullivan, TNS

The expiration date of the iHealth rapid antigen COVID-19 home tests has been extended, giving Minnesotans more time to use the free kits distributed by the state

Got free COVID-19 tests from the state of Minnesota with expiration dates shorter than the milk in your fridge?

Fear not, state health officials said Tuesday. Federal regulators extended the usefulness of the iHealth rapid antigen tests for three months beyond their listed expiration dates, giving Minnesotans more time to use them if they develop symptoms or ahead of travels or group events.

The extension will reduce waste from Minnesota's $6.5 million giveaway of 1 million COVID-19 home tests. Tests might be needed less in the summer, when public health experts predict lower COVID-19 levels in Minnesota, but more in the fall ahead of any surge in coronavirus infections when schools reopen and people spend more time indoors.


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