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Hard-Hit New Hampshire Snaps Up Free Home Covid Tests as U.S. Dawdles

  • New Hampshire’s 800,000 kits were gone almost instantly
  • White House backs free testing, but not home delivery to all
New Hampshire will send an at-home test to any resident who requests one. Demand is high.
New Hampshire will send an at-home test to any resident who requests one. Demand is high.Photographer: John Tully/Bloomberg

New Hampshire is conducting a groundbreaking experiment in offering free at-home rapid Covid tests to all residents, and one outcome is already clear: Demand is sky-high.

Within a day of the Nov. 29 blanket offer to send eight tests via Amazon.com Inc. trucks to the door of any resident, all 800,000 had been snapped up. As the state leads the nation in per-capita cases and hospitals overflow, officials are promising another round.