COVID Test Kits Available
Public Library of Youngstown at Mahoning County
Mahoning County Public Health contact information:
MCPH PIO Team, 330-270-2855, ext. 109
Mahoning County Public Health Offers Free, At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits, Available at Libraries
YOUNGSTOWN (March 25, 2021 / For Immediate Release) -The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC) will be pickup locations for free COVID-19 home testing kits from Mahoning County Public Health. Beginning today, 1,900 kits will be available at libraries throughout the county. COVID test kits with detailed how-to instruction sheets will be distributed through Main Library, all open branches, and the Pop-Up Library. Patrons must call the Library first at 330-744-8636 to reserve a kit, which then will be available for curbside pick-up. Patrons exhibiting symptoms should have someone else pick up their test.
The Ohio Department of Health purchased 2 million at-home, self-administered COVID-19 testing kits that provide reliable results in minutes. Gov. Mike DeWine’s goal is to make these rapid testing kits available and accessible in every Ohio county, and Ohio’s public libraries have been asked to play a critical role.
Test kits, which have received FDA Emergency Use Authorization for at-home testing, will be used in collaboration with a tele-health session. The test is intended for individuals suspected of COVID-19 within the first seven days of symptom onset.
The 15-minute Abbott BinaxNow COVID-19 Ag Card Home Tests are self-administered with visual instruction and consultation. “A trained tele-health professional guides those being tested through the at-home self-test via video call, using the free NASVICA mobile app or by visiting the ohio.emed.com website,” says Ryan Tekac, Health Commissioner, Mahoning County Public Health.
The requirements needed for the at-home tests are a smart phone or tablet, or a computer with a webcam, microphone, speaker and the Internet, and an email account. Those who do not have these items, will need to be tested at a medical facility. Prior to receiving the kit, participants will need to download the NAVICA app on their smart phone or tablet from the Apple App Store or the Google Play App Store. After downloading, open the NAVICA app and create a NAVICA account.
“We are very happy to facilitate this test kit distribution,” said Aimee Fifarek, PLYMC executive director. “Our libraries, with locations throughout Mahoning County, are positioned to be helpful as pickup sites for this test kit. We look forward to working with the Mahoning County Public Health as one more way that we can support our community through this pandemic. We want to connect people to the resources and services they need.”
Please note that testing is not done at the library. To ensure there are enough kits for everyone, we ask that patrons request just enough to meet the immediate needs of their family group. The Library does not collect any personal information and only reports the number of test kits distributed.
Mahoning County residents who are homebound and are qualifying patrons of the Library’s Special Delivery service can also request a test kit to be sent by mail by calling Special Delivery at 330-792-3869, Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and a kit will be mailed to them.
The Library asks that persons who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath, send a friend to the library to pick up a self-test kit for them. As always, the Library recommends that patrons consult with their physician if they have any questions about care so that they can make an informed decision. For more information about the test, call eMed Customer Support at 844-943-0061.
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