Kent Free Library now offers free Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Home Tests, while supplies last. These 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 four 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.