Free Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Home Tests are provided through a partnership with the Ohio Department of Health. Individuals needing a test should note the following:

  • The tests are free and offered first come, first served
  • The supply is limited, so it is advisable to call the library to check on availability; tests cannot be reserved
  • Limit of two tests may be picked up at one time
  • Drive-thru pickup only; wearing a mask is required to pick up a test
  • Library staff are not trained medical professionals and not permitted to assist with medical procedures or give medical advice, and so are not able to assist you with these tests. The video below explains the process.  The test kit contains directions.  For further questions about COVID testing, contact your doctor or pharmacy.
  • For proof of test result, you must perform the test step-by-step with a virtual proctor, using a computer or other device with internet access, a camera, and a microphone to complete. You will need to create an account using the NAVICA smartphone app or at www.mynavica.abbott.  After creating an account, go to ohio.emed.com to start a testing session.
    • Individuals may not come into the library to take a test. Library computers do not have the necessary camera and microphone access.
  • The manufacturer has extended the expiration date of BinaxNOW Home Tests by an additional 90 days.  Using the lot number on the outside of the box the test comes in, you can find the new extended expiration date here.
  • Opened or unopened tests may not be returned.

COVID-19 vaccines are widely available throughout the state. Many providers offer walk-in appointments, or Ohioans can schedule a vaccination appointment at gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov. Ohioans who want to learn more about the safety, efficacy, and side effects of COVID-19 vaccines should talk to their doctor, nurse, or pharmacist, or visit coronavirus.ohio.gov/vaccine to learn more.


Please note that the Portage County Health District offers Free PCR COVID-19 testing every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (except for holidays including November 24 and 25) until December 30th from 10am-4pm at The New Center inside the former pharmacy storefront in NEOMED (4209 State Route 44, Rootstown, OH).
  • Tests are walk-in, no appointment needed.
  • Test results are expected in 24 hours.
  • No out of pocket expense.

Register for an appointment for faster service:  REGISTER HERE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT


In addition, BinaxNOW self-test kits are available for free to any member of the Kent State Community, as supplies last.

    • BinaxNow test kits are available to anyone who requests a kit, including people who live in the community.
    • No ID is required to pick up a test kit.
    • Test kits are provided by the Ohio Department of Health and are at no cost to the individual.
    • There is a limit of two test kits per week, per person.
    • There is no paperwork associated with these test kits, and you do not need to sign to get one.
    • There is an insert in each kit with instructions on what to do if a person tests positive.

The Covid-19 at-home tests can be picked up at the following locations:

  • Kent Campus
    • Henderson Hall, Room 216
    • Moulton Hall, Room 131
    • University Libraries first floor circulation desk
    • Kent Student Center information desk
    • Beverly J. Warren Student Wellness and Recreation Center welcome desk
    • Center for Visual Arts, Room 240
    • Center for Performing Arts, Room B141
    • Bowman Hall, Room 105
    • Cartwright Hall, Room 145
    • White Hall, Room 408
  • Regional Campuses
    • Ashtabula: Main Hall in the Student Service Office near the front entrance.
    • Geauga: Security Office, Room 168
    • East Liverpool: Front desk, second flood, Purinton Hall
    • Salem: Front desk in the main lobby near the student lounge
    • Stark: Library (Learning Resource Center)
    • Trumbull:  Student Services Building Lobby (look for signage)
    • Tuscarawas: Science & Advanced Technology Center, Room 117
    • Twinsburg Academic Center: Security Office, Room 224