Virginia Department of Health Partners with Libraries to Provide Free Home COVID-19 Antigen Test Kits


RICHMOND, Virginia – Want to test yourself for COVID-19 at home? You can now get a kit at your local library.

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced Tuesday its partnership with 18 libraries and library systems across the Commonwealth to distribute free home COVID-19 antigen rapid test kits.

The pilot program begins this week and will run until Friday, December 31. Additional libraries may register for the program at a later date.

People can choose a guide virtually Abbott BinaxNow COVID-19 Antigen Card Home Test from the library, use it in the privacy of their home, and receive digital test results in 15 minutes. The program is designed to increase access to COVID-19 testing, especially among rural, remote, underfunded communities and other vulnerable populations.

“We are excited to be working with public libraries to provide another testing option for our community and to increase accessibility,” said Dr. Laurie Forlano, DO MPH, Deputy Director, Office of Epidemiology. “Testing continues to be important in stopping the spread of COVID-19, particularly as the holiday season dawns when people gather. “

The home test kit uses the eMed digital platform. Users will need a mobile device or computer To create an account and participate in a virtual test session with an eMed assistant that guides users through the testing process. Once the test is complete, the user will receive a test result within 15 minutes and eMed will communicate the results to VDH.

People can request a free test kit from their local library by following the library’s guidelines. VDH recommends that the tests be used within two weeks to avoid expiration.

If you’re feeling sick, call your library for contactless removal options or have someone pick up the test kit for you.

Related: As Testing Demands Rise At Hampton Roads, People Turn To Home Testing

For more information, please visit library program web page or send an email to [email protected] Other sites / testing options can be found on the VDH test localization page.

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