Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez revealed Tuesday that she is leading three dozen House Democrats in urging the Biden administration to improve its distribution program for a billion free at-home Covid-19 tests to better serve large households and residents of multifamily units.\r\n\r\n\u0022Our country can only be as safe from Covid as our most vulnerable communities are kept safe.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe New York Democrat and 36 other lawmakers sent a letter to President Joe Biden last week, as his administration launched Covidtests.gov for people nationwide to order four free tests per household. Those without access to the website can order through the hotline at 1-800-232-0233.\r\n\r\nHowever, as the letter highlights, \u0022families that reside outside of a traditional single-family housing unit are having trouble ordering testing kits because the online portal does not allow more than one order per address.\u0022\r\n\r\nAs Curbed reported after the rollout, which involved a \u0022beta\u0022 version of the site that went live the day before the official January 19 launch:\r\n\r\n\r\nWhen the site to order tests went up, people who live in multifamily buildings—where about one-third of Americans live—quickly began reporting that they were unable to place orders. \u0022At-home Covid-19 tests have already been ordered for this address,\u0022 reads the error message, suggesting that someone else in the building has already requested the tests. Also not accepted: P.O. boxes and buildings associated with commercial activity.\r\n\r\n\r\nDue to housing conditions in urban areas like Ocasio-Cortez\u0026#039;s New York City district—which includes portions of the Bronx and Queens—city-dwellers are disproportionately impacted.\r\n\r\nU.S. Postal Service spokesperson David Partenheimer acknowledged the issue to CNET.\r\n\r\n\u0022This is occurring in a small percentage of orders,\u0022 he said in an email last week. \u0022For assistance in the ordering process the USPS recommends filing a service request at https://emailus.usps.com/s/the-postal-store-inquiry or contacting our help desk at 1-800-ASK-USPS, to help address the issue.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe Democrats\u0026#039; letter states that since the rollout, \u0022we have received a large number of reports from constituents regarding their inability to request Covid-19 test kits as a result of not living in a single-family household.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe letter points out that \u0022families who reside in basement apartments, renovated multifamily units, and multigenerational family households are often at the highest risk of contracting and spreading Covid-19. Families living in these nonsingle family dwellings are also least likely to be able to isolate in the chance of illness.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Thus, their ability to obtain tests is imperative to keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe,\u0022 the letter adds. \u0022Our country can only be as safe from Covid as our most vulnerable communities are kept safe. \u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Given that the policy limiting one order of Covid-19 test kits per dwelling has fallen short of ensuring access and equity,\u0022 the Democrats are calling on the administration \u0022to allow families to list the number of members in their household and an associated surname, so that families who live in basement units or multifamily residences can access the appropriate number of tests.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe lawmakers\u0026#039; demand for reform comes as Covid-19 case numbers nationwide are higher than any previous surge, hospitalizations \u0022appear to be reaching a national peak,\u0022 and deaths continue to rise, according to The New York Times\u0026#039; tracker.