SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Many of us may have stored some extra at-home COVID-19 tests in case it’s needed in the future, but what should be done if the testing kit surpasses its expiration date?

According to the latest data released by the CDC, Massachusetts is currently at medium risk for COVID-19. And as the virus continues to live on, health officials are asking people to check their COVID testing kits.

The FDA states if a COVID-19 testing kit has passed its expiration date you should not use it for an accurate test. The parts and products used for the testing kits may break down over time, which could cause an invalid test result.

While numbers are increasing throughout the Commonwealth, local residents told 22News they’re still concerned about the ever-changing virus.

“I definitely worry about it,” said Lauren Hufnagel of Southampton. “For people who are immunocompromised, I’ve had it myself and I was lucky enough to not have terrible effects but I do worry for people who aren’t as lucky.”

Even as COVID cases continue to rise both nationally and locally people are continuing on with their lives while still being cautious. Although there is still some worry, especially after the holidays, it’s not stopping people from going out on the town.

“It’s definitely exciting to be back and around people,” said Kaylee Watson of Worthington. “You still have people with masks and to each their own, but yeah it’s nice to be back doing the normal things again.”

Some at-home COVID-19 testing kits may have extended their expiration date that you see on the label, so don’t throw them away just yet! To see if your testing kit has an extended expiration date, check the FDA’s website. More than a dozen of the 30 authorized testing kits have an extended use time.

If you are looking for a walk-in or drive-thru COVID-19 testing center, you can check on the Mass.gov website.