BINAXNOW COVID-19 RAPID ANTIGEN TEST KITS AVAILABLE FREE AT THE LIBRARY
Hancock County residents are now able to able to stop into their local library and pick up their books, movies and tax forms as well as a free rapid COVID-19 test kit they can use at home. The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library is partnering with Hancock Public Health to bring the test kits to the community.
The self-administered, at-home BinaxNOW COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits have been provided by the Ohio Department of Health and Hancock Public Health at no cost to patrons or the library. The test, which provides results in minutes and detects the virus in the early part of the disease when people are most infectious, will be used with an online service, provided by eMed, which helps guide people through the testing process.
Testing is very simple. Tests may be picked up at the Main Library, Arlington Branch or Bookmobile and are also available through the library’s curbside service. Patrons will need to download the Navica app from the Apple App Store or Google Play App Store and create an account. Then, scan in a code on the test's box and watch a two-minute online instruction video at ohio.emed.com. When you're ready to start testing, a proctor from eMed joins you on your computer or other device to walk you through the process and watch to ensure the test is completed properly. The antigen test requires the user to insert a nasal swab into a nostril, add drops to it and close the kit. If you do not have internet access, you can call 844-943-0061 for assistance. Results are then returned through the NAVICA app, and the NAVICA pass can be used to demonstrate a test result to an employer, school, or other party. For public health reporting, eMed sends results through the electronic lab reporting system.
WE ASK PATRONS VISITING US TO PLEASE OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING:
-We recommend that patrons over 10 years of age that have not been fully vaccinated wear masks while in the library.
- Patrons are asked to observe social distancing and keep at least six feet away from other people.
-Hand sanitizer will be available for patron use, and the library asks that upon entry to the building, patrons use it before handling any library materials.
-Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
-If you or someone you live with is sick, please take advantage of curbside pickup service in lieu of coming into the library.
LIBRARY STAFF WILL OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING PROTOCOLS FOR YOUR SAFETY:
-Employees will sanitize and wash their hands frequently.
-Employees will clean and sanitize workplaces and frequently touched surfaces throughout the day. The building will be sanitized nightly.
-Please contact the library at 419-422-1712 for any questions.
CURBSIDE SERVICE WILL REMAIN OPEN
Curbside pickup is available at the Main Branch in Findlay by calling the library at 419-422-1712 to schedule an appointment. Curbside appointments at the Arlington Branch can be scheduled by calling 419-365-5755.
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