COVID Cases Rise in the Bay Area; Free COVID Tests Mailed to Home

Photo of at-home rapid COVID-19 test kit

COVID cases are rising in the Bay Area, and health officials are asking people to exercise caution. Even though masks are no longer required in indoor spaces, Alameda County public health officials and the state health department are encouraging people to wear masks indoors.

“Daily reported cases in Alameda County have reached levels seen during the Delta wave. If you’ve chosen not to wear a mask indoors recently, now is a good time to start masking again,” Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss stated in a press release on May 13.

Cases recorded by the county are also undercounted, since many people are likely using at-home test kits.

The U.S. government recently announced that people can receive 8 COVID antigen tests for free. The process is quick, and is available here.

an orange and white box that says 15 minutes (a covid test) with the little vials and swabs in packets laid out
A COVID antigen test kit

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Momo Chang is a freelance journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the Oakland Voices Co-Director. Her work focuses on healthcare, immigration, education, Asian American communities, food and culture. She is a former staff writer at the Oakland Tribune. Momo has received journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting and the Asian American Journalists Association, among others. Her work has appeared in the East Bay Express, San Francisco Chronicle, Wired, and The New York Times. Momo is primarily a print journalist who also produces audio and visual stories for documentary film and radio. She is a Senior Contributing Editor for Hyphen and formerly the Content Manager at the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

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