With the rise of the BA.2.12.1 variant in the United States (estimated at 47.5% in today's CDC Nowcast), we are also seeing reports of increasing COVID infections once again. And with the ECDC Elevating BA.4 and BA.5 to VOC last Friday, there is the possibility of seeing another wave in the fall.
While Omicron infections (at least in the vaccinated) tend to be milder, it is still important to know if you are infected.
Last January the U.S. government announced that all American households were eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID test kits, and a 2nd round of 4 test kits was offered in March. Yesterday the government website offering these kits announced a 3rd round of (8) test kits could now be ordered.
How long they remain accurate after their expiration date probably depends (in part) on how they were stored, but it makes sense to get new ones for this fall.