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Posted on: January 10, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Free COVID-19 At-Home Test Kit Distribution

Free COVID-19 Test Kits available while supplies last

York County Public Library COVID-19 Test Kit Distribution

York County Public Library has partnered with the Virginia Department of Health to distribute free COVID-19 Antigen at-home test kits. Visit the Tabb Library or Grafton Annex to obtain your free kit while supplies last. Kits are available at the Reference desk at Tabb and curbside at the Grafton Annex. Kits are limited to one per person. If you are currently showing symptoms of COVID-19, please have someone pick up the kit on your behalf.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of tests are distributed?
VDH will be supplying free, virtually guided rapid antigen tests using eMed-proctored Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Card Home Test to libraries as supplies are available. Libraries will be a pick-up location for community members as resources allow. Rapid antigen tests provide results in 15 minutes.

Who should get tested?
Visit the VDH COVID-19 Testing webpage for information on who should get tested and when. VDH recommends having a plan for testing based on criteria and not relying on same day appointments for best utilization of resources.

How can I receive a test through a library?
Individuals can request a free test kit from participating libraries as supplies are available. Proof of residency is not required, and individuals will not be required to present a library card to access test kits.

Can I go to the library to get a test kit if I have symptoms?
If you have symptoms, you should not go inside your library's building. You should have someone pick up the test on your behalf. You should always wear a mask if you go to a library to pick up a test, regardless of whether you have symptoms. If you are ill, VDH recommends that you seek care from your healthcare provider.

Can I take the test at the library?
Taking the test inside the library is not allowed because of the risk of exposing others to COVID-19 and biohazardous materials. Your library may have Wi-Fi in the parking lot that you could use for a virtual testing session outside of the library. Dispose of used kits in your home garbage.

What equipment do I need to take the eMed-proctored BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Card Home Tests?
You will need the following:

  1. an Internet connection
  2. an internet-enabled device (computer, mobile phone, or tablet) with a webcam or front-facing camera, microphone, speaker, and supported browser for the testing session
  3. a valid photo ID to show the eMed telehealth proctor

You will need to use your email address to create a NAVICA account prior to your virtual testing session. You can create an account by downloading the NAVICA app or online by clicking on "I want to start testing" and then selecting "Create Navica Account." If you do not have an email address, a friend or family member can create a Managed Profile for you through the "Account and Settings" portion of the NAVICA app on their smartphone.

How does the test work?
Once you log onto the eMed website, a trained and certified virtual agent, called a telehealth proctor, will help answer your questions and guide you in taking the test. There are proctors who speak English and Spanish. It is a self-swab of the nose and then testing that swab in a small card to get the results. Results are available approximately 15 minutes after completion of the test.

Who should I contact with questions about taking the test?
Do not contact library staff. If you need assistance with the test kit procedure, please call eMed Customer Support at 866-955-1173.

What if my rapid antigen test is positive for COVID-19?
If you test positive, you should immediately isolate yourself and call your healthcare provider or your local health department. The VDH Antigen Testing Recommendations webpage has helpful guidance on next steps following antigen test results.

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