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Ohio libraries offer free at-home COVID test kits

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In an effort to make rapid COVID testing more broadly accessible throughout the state, the Ohio Department of Health has recently partnered with public libraries to make at-home COVID test kits available to more Ohio communities. Locally, kits are now available through the drive-up windows at the Orrville Public Library and the Wooster Branch of the Wayne County Public Library, according to a news release. Kits are also available through contactless pick up at several WCPL branches and bookmobile stops. Call your local library location to check on availability or to arrange for test kit pick up.

The Dalton Library is offering kits with contactless pickup outside the building. Residents may only pick up kits outside of the library and are not to come in to the building for a kit. Patrons need to call for a pickup time during open hours and to make sure they have the necessary requirements to complete the kit.  The pickup will be a contactless spot on the south side of the building.

The test, which takes about 15 minutes to complete and includes a telehealth component, is done entirely in the convenience of your home using an Internet connected computer with a moveable webcam, microphone and speaker, and an Apple or Android phone or tablet. You must also have an email address. If you do not have these items, you will have to be tested at a medical facility or at a participating pharmacy.

Due to the medical nature of the tests and health and safety requirements, library staff cannot assist with using the test kit. Testing cannot be done in the library.

No library funds were spent on this statewide collaboration.

For questions about the test, contact eMed support at 844-943-0061.

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