Southwest Public Libraries (SPL) has partnered with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to distribute free at-home COVID-19 test kits. The antigen rapid-test kits have been purchased by the state and are offered free of charge to the public on a voluntary basis.
The test is self-administered at home during a free session with a telehealth proctor and offers results in approximately 15 minutes. To use, patrons will need an email address, internet connection, and a device with a webcam.
Those interested in picking up a test kit should download the NAVICA app from Google Play or the iOS App Store. The app enables users to find pickup sites and receive a pickup pass, manage their health profiles, and store test results for a limited time.
The library is offering kits for no-contact pickup only. To request a kit for pickup, patrons should:
1.Download the NAVICA app from Google Play or iOS App Store and create an account.
2.Call the library and request a test kit for pickup.
3.Come pick up requested kit (labeled with last name) from no-contact tables near the entrance.
4.Take the test kit home to complete. Users will need to go to ohio.emed.com to start their telehealth session. The telehealth proctor will guide the user through collecting the sample and reading and understanding results.
Please be aware:
•No testing is done on site, and library staff are not permitted to assist in any part of the test nor provide any medical or testing advice.
•Users should contact their local health department for any questions not related to pickup. (Franklin County Department of Health 614-525-3160.)
•Please do not pick up if you are feeling unwell. A friend or family member may pick up instead.
The tests are nasal swab antigen tests.
In collaborating with libraries and other organizations across the state, ODH hopes to make test kits readily available to everyone in all Ohio counties. The accessibility of libraries makes them ideal partners.
“Libraries are trusted by their communities and are available to all,” says Meredith Wickham, director of Southwest Public Libraries. “By partnering with ODH, we hope we can help simplify the process for those needing testing for work, school, travel, or other purposes by providing easy access to these kits. The SPL team is thrilled to discover yet another way we can serve our community during the pandemic.”
The library does not collect nor keep any personal information in regards to these tests. The telehealth partner handles all reporting to public health officials as required.
Southwest Public Libraries serves southwest Franklin county and surrounding areas through its two branches, Grove City Library and Westland Area Library. Visit www.swpl.org for more information.