State No Longer Offering At-Home Vault Tests For Coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

West Virginia health officials say they will no longer offer in-home testing kits for the coronavirus.

The state began offering these kits to residents last week.

Participants were able to request a kit, which was mailed to them from medical company Vault. The self-administered process involved spitting saliva in a tube, with a health professional monitoring that over a video call. Participants then mailed the kit back to Vault for processing.

Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill Crouch said Friday this process resulted in a significant five-day lag for many, which made contact-tracing more difficult.

The governor says the state will continue looking for easier, more accessible testing methods.