Press Release: Library to Distribute Free At Home COVID Test Kits
(Warrenton, VA) December 6, 2021 – Fauquier Public Library is partnering with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to distribute COVID-19 Antigen at-home test kits at no cost. The free kits will be available for curbside pickup only beginning Monday, December 6, 2021.
Individuals can pick up a virtually-guided 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, under-resourced communities, and other vulnerable populations.
“We are pleased to work 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 to stop the spread of COVID-19, particularly as we enter the holiday season when people gather.”
Users will need a mobile device or computer with a camera to create an account and to join a virtual testing session with an eMed assistant who guides users through the testing process. A photo ID (driver’s license, passport, military ID, school ID, etc.) will be requested by the eMed assistant. Once the test has been completed, the user will receive a test result within 15 minutes, and eMed will report the results to VDH.
“The public library is trusted by the Fauquier community, and we are pleased to support public health initiatives like this partnership with the Virginia Department of Health,” said library director Maria Del Rosso.
Additional information about how to request a test kit from Fauquier Public Library is available at fauquierlibrary.org.
All questions about the test, results, and treatment should be directed to the Virginia Department of Health via their call center 877-829-4682 or website https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/protect-yourself/covid-19-testing/stacc/
Visit https://fauquierlibrary.org/ for information about additional services and resources available from Fauquier Public Library.
Lisa Pavlock, Public Information Coordinator