State DOH offering at-home COVID-19 testing kits

The South Dakota Department of Health, in partnership with Vault Health, Inc., is now offering at-home COVID-19 testing kits, available to all South Dakota residents at no cost to them. The saliva-based test can be requested by visiting the Health Department website, and is geared towards people who have had close contact with confirmed positive cases.

Users of the kit follow a provided step-by-step sample collection procedure while being assisted by trained medical staff via a web conference service. The sample is then mailed back to a laboratory for medical analysis and results are delivered to users via email within 24-48 hours.

While awaiting results, individuals who have been tested whether at-home or at a medical facility should follow CDC guidelines and take steps to help prevent the virus from spreading to people in their home and community.

More information can be found here.