With MakeMyTestCount.org, you can easily and securely report positive or negative at-home COVID-19 test results to help public health officials track the COVID-19 pandemic.

With MakeMyTestCount.org, you can easily and securely report positive or negative at-home COVID-19 test results to help public health officials track the COVID-19 pandemic.

What you need to know

NIH has developed a website that allows people to easily and securely report their at-home COVID-19 test results. MakeMyTestCount.org doesn’t ask for personal information when you report your positive or negative result. It just wants to know what your ZIP code is, when you took the test, and how old you are. By reporting your test result, you are contributing to the data and helping public health officials capture accurate information.

Why is reporting your at-home testing data important?

Public officials rely on accurate COVID-19 testing information to track patterns of infection and surges in COVID-19 cases, as well as to develop public health guidance such as vaccination campaigns and masking recommendations.

Earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic, at-home COVID-19 testing was not widely available. Public health departments collected laboratory COVID-19 test results and sent the information to a central repository. But now most people use at-home rapid antigen tests to see whether they have COVID-19. These tests are widely available at many places, including pharmacies and grocery stores, and results are available in as little as 15 minutes.

Health care providers and laboratories have a well-established system for sharing laboratory test results, but there is no system for reporting at-home testing. When at-home testing results go unreported, public health recommendations made based on laboratory testing data may not reflect current COVID-19 levels.

What is MakeMyTestCount?

MakeMyTestCount.org was created by NIH’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx®) Tech program to give people a secure place to report their at-home test results. The results are then submitted to the same public health systems that currently receive COVID-19 results from tests done in laboratories and doctors’ offices.

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering supports the RADx® Tech program and the development of MakeMyTestCount.

Why is this research important?

Just like laboratory tests, at-home COVID-19 tests can provide valuable information about how fast SARS-CoV-2 is spreading and where case surges are happening. MakeMyTestCount.org makes it possible to collect anonymous data from those at-home tests, helping public health officials assess COVID-19 needs and provide resources to communities around the country.

Where can I go to learn more?

NIH establishes website for self-reporting COVID-19 test results

  • NIH developed an online reporting system for at-home COVID-19 test results through their RADx® Tech program.

Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx)

  • The RADx® initiative established by NIH speeds innovation in the development, commercialization, and use of technologies for COVID-19 testing.

COVID Data Tracker

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention uses nationwide data to track disease outbreaks like COVID-19.

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Page last updated: December 23, 2022