You may pick up a Rapid Covid-19 Antigen At-Home Test-kit here at the Eastern Shore Public Library. Although the Eastern Shore Public Library is a distribution center, this test is provided by the Virginia Department of Health.
Once you have requested a test, a library staff member will place the test kit in the foyer at the designated time. The test kit will be in a bag with your name on it. Your kit will be available in the foyer for one hour. If you do not pick up the test kit within one hour, you will need to request another pick-up time. There is a limit of 2 tests, per person at this time.
If the person picking up the test has ANY COVID symptoms, do not come into the library. Please practice social distancing when you pick up your kit from the foyer.
You will need to connect to the internet using Wi-Fi or cell phone data in order to access eMed and to download the testing app, called “Navica”. Each person taking a test must create an account. The account will require primary contact information. You will then need to go to eMed.com to obtain a proctor who will walk you through the testing process. Be prepared to show the proctor your photo-ID. There is no cost for the test or eMed guide. You may access the public Wi-Fi from your vehicle in the parking lot, if necessary. Results should be available within 15 minutes. These instructions are provided with the test kit. Library staff will NOT be able to assist you or answer any questions. Any and all questions about the test-kit, testing process, and results may be directed to the Virginia COVID information Center, or at the program website found at vdh.gov and via the link found on espl.org.
Keep in mind that this is a Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test and this may NOT satisfy any travel testing requirements. For any additional questions, please refer to the testing app or the contact information provided. Please dispose of any materials from the test-kit properly.
VDH Partners with Libraries to Provide COVID-19 Antigen At-Home Test Kits at No Cost
(RICHMOND, Va.) — Today, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) announced its partnership with 18 libraries and library systems across the commonwealth to distribute COVID-19 rapid antigen at-home test kits at no cost. The pilot program begins this week and will run through Friday, Dec. 31. Eastern Shore Public Library is participating.
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.”
The at-home test kit uses the eMed digital platform. Users will need a mobile device or computer to create an account and to join a virtual testing session with an eMed assistant who guides users through the testing process. Once the test has been completed, the user will receive a test result within 15 minutes, and eMed will report the results to VDH.
Individuals can request a free test kit from their local library by calling (757) 787-3400 to pick up at the library in Accomac or (757) 414-0010 to pick up from the library in Nassawadox. VDH recommends that tests be used within two weeks to avoid expiration.
If you are feeling ill, call your library about contactless pick-up options or send someone to pick up the test kit for you. Individuals experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms should not enter the library.
For more information, please visit the library program webpage or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Other testing sites/options can be found on the VDH testing locator page.