Monday, June 17, 2024

Gloucester Library Partners with VDH to Distribute COVID-19 Test Kits

(Courtesy of Gloucester Department of Community Engagement and Public Information)
GLOUCESTER — The Gloucester County Public Library is partnering with the Virginia Department of Health to distribute free at-home COVID-19 testing kits.

The test kits offered are the Abbott BinaxNow COVID-19 Antigen Card Home Test that is provided to the library as part of the VDH’s “Supporting Testing Access through Community Collaboration” program.

“We are pleased to be able to offer this much-needed contactless service to the community through this partnership,” said Diane Rebertus, Gloucester’s Director of Library Services. “We hope it will ease the burden our residents are having in seeking out these tests at this time.

The test kits will be offered while supplies last and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, testing kits can only be requested for curbside pickup at the main library Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Gloucester Department of Community Engagement and Public Informations says that individuals who are sick should not come to the library. However, a family member may come to pick up a test for them because the test kits will only be distributed to family members, and no library card is required to receive a test kit. The take-home kit provides users test results using an online platform called eMed. To complete a test at home, the individual using the testing kit will need a photo ID, an internet connection, and a device to access the internet such as a computer, mobile phone, or tablet with a webcam or front-facing camera.

To reserve an at-home test for curbside pickup, individuals are asked to call 804-693-2998.

It’s recommended that testing kits should be used within two weeks to avoid expiration and only one kit per family member will be provided. More information on STACC can be found at the VDH’s website.

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