The Virginia Department of Health is working with 18 libraries across the state to provide residents with free rapid home testing kits for COVID-19 antigen, the agency said Tuesday.
The Virginia Department of Health is working with 18 libraries across the state to provide residents with free rapid home COVID-19 testing kits, the agency said Tuesday.
According to a press release, the goal of the pilot program — which runs through Dec. 31 — is to increase testing for COVID-19, “particularly among rural, remote, underserved communities and other vulnerable populations.”
“We are excited to partner with public libraries to provide another testing option for our community and increase accessibility,” said Dr. Laurie Forlano of VDH in the release. “Testing remains important to stop the spread of COVID-19, especially as we enter the holiday season when people gather.”
People can pick up the Abbott BinaxNow COVID-19 Antigen Card Home Test at a library, follow the virtual guide at home to take the test and get digital results in 15 minutes.
The kits use a digital platform called eMed, so you’ll need a mobile device or computer to create an account to participate in a virtual testing session with an assistant who will walk you through the process. eMed then reports the results to the VDH.
Individuals can request a free test kit from their local library by following the library’s guidelines.
VDH recommends using tests within two weeks to avoid expiration.
The full list of libraries currently participating is online and below:
VDH said more libraries may sign up for the program at a later date.
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