Mahoning County Public Health Offers Free, At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits


The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC)'s Aimee Fifarek Spoke to Gary Rivers on the Mix Morning Show on how the library will be pickup locations for free COVID-19 home testing kits from Mahoning County Public Health.

According to the Press 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. 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.  

Mahoning County residents who are homebound can also request a test kit to be sent by mail by calling the Library’s Special Delivery service at 330-792-3869, Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and a kit will be mailed to them.  

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. 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.  

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.

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.  

For Library locations: www.libraryvisit.org/locations-hours/

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