COVID-19 At-Home Tests Via Curbside Pickup
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is partnering with libraries as a trusted community resource to support access to testing resources. The partnership will help give broader access to at-home rapid antigen tests to Virginians at a time where there is an increased demand for testing due to the spread of COVID-19. Up-to-date information on the STACC program is available at the STACC webpage (https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/protect-yourself/covid-19-testing/stacc/).
Is this program for businesses to have employees tested?
No. Businesses are responsible for acquiring tests for their employees. Call your HR department for more information.
Is this program for K12 school testing?
No. VDH has the ViSSTA program and has additional testing resources in schools. Call your local school leaders for more information.
What kinds of tests are distributed?
VDH will be supplying no-cost, virtually guided rapid antigen tests using eMed-proctored AbbottBinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Card Home Test to libraries as supplies are available. Libraries will be a pick-up location for community members as resources allow. Rapid antigen tests provide results in 15 minutes.
Are the tests free?
Yes – as supplies are available.
Who should get tested?
Visit the VDH COVID-19 Testing webpage (https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/protect-yourself/covid-19-testing/) for information on who should get tested and when. VDH recommends having a plan for testing based on criteria and not relying on same day appointments for best utilization of resources.
How can I receive a test through a library?
TEST KITS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE CURBSIDE. Call your library to request a free test kit and to arrange for a curbside pickup day and time. Individuals can request a free test kit as supplies are available. Proof of residency is not required, and individuals will not be required to present a library card to access test kits.
205 Oak Hill St. Abingdon VA 24210
310 Water St., Damascus, VA 24236
Glade Spring Library
305 North Glade St., Glade Spring, VA 24340
Hayters Gap Library
7720 Hayters Gap Road, Abingdon, VA 24210
Phone: 276- 944-4442
2562 Mendota Road, Mendota, VA 24270
Can I go to the library to get a test if I have symptoms?
If you have symptoms, you should NOT go inside your library’s building. Use your library’s curbside pickup or have someone pick up the test curbside on your behalf. Test kits are only available curbside. You should always wear a mask if you go to the library to pick up a test, regardless of whether you have symptoms. If you are ill, Virginia Department of Health recommends that you seek care from your healthcare provider.
Can I take the test at the library?
Taking the test inside the library is not allowed because of the risk of exposing others to COVID-19 and biohazardous materials. Your library may have Wi-Fi in the parking lot that you could use for a virtual testing session outside of the library. Dispose of used kits in your home garbage.
How many tests can I take home?
As supplies are available, VDH recommends taking the number of tests that you need, within your library’s guidelines. If multiple people in your household need a COVID-19 test, we recommend taking a test for each person who needs one. You should have a plan to use the test kits you receive within two weeks to avoid wastage if they expire.
What equipment do I need to take the eMed-proctored BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Card Home Tests?
You will need the following:
- an internet connection
- an internet-enabled device (computer, mobile phone, or tablet) with a webcam or front-facing camera, microphone, speaker, and supported browser for the testing session
- a valid photo ID to show the eMed telehealth proctor
If you do not have a strong internet connection at home, Wi-Fi is available in the library parking lot. Do not take the test within the library itself.
For information on supported browsers, go to https://www.emed.com/technical-requirements. Valid forms of ID include driver’s license, passport, passport card, birth certificate, state-issued identification card, military ID card, and official school ID.
You will need to use your email address to create a NAVICA account prior to your virtual testing session. You can create an account by downloading the NAVICA app or online at https://www.emed.com/app/login by clicking on “I want to start testing” and then selecting “Create Navica Account.” If you do not have an email address, a friend or family member can create a Managed Profile for you through the “Account and Settings” portion of the NAVICA app on their smartphone.
How does the test work?
Once you log onto the eMed website by phone or computer, a trained and certified virtual agent, called a telehealth proctor, will help answer your questions and guide you in taking the test. There are proctors who speak English and Spanish. It is a self-swab of the nose and then testing that swab in a small card to get the results.
Can I take the test without a telehealth proctor?
No. The Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA requires that you take the test only with the supervision of a telehealth proctor.
How soon after the rapid antigen test are results available?
Results for the eMed BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Card Home Test are available approximately 15 minutes after completion of the test. In addition to receiving results, you will also receive follow-up health care instructions and a digital health pass if your COVID-19 test is negative.
Who should I contact with questions about taking the test?
Do not contact library staff. Please call eMed Customer Support at (844) 943-0061.
What if my rapid antigen test is positive for COVID-19?
If you test positive, you should immediately isolate yourself (stay away from others) and call your healthcare provider or your local health department (https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/local-health-districts/)
The VDH Antigen Testing Recommendations webpage (https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/antigen-testing-recommendations/) has helpful guidance on next steps following antigen test results.
Who should I contact with questions about the test results?
Do not contact library staff with questions. If you have questions, please contact your healthcare provider or your local health department (https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/local-health-districts/), visit the VDH’s website (https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/antigen-testing-recommendations), or call the Virginia COVID Information Center at 1-877-829-4682 Monday through Friday from 8am-6pm.
How are results from thee Med BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Card Home Test reported to VDH?
After the test taker completes their test with the online proctor, eMed will report the results to the Virginia Department of Health.
Curbside Pickup of Library Materials for Checkout
We are continuing to offer curbside services even though our buildings have reopened.
What curbside services are available?
Services that are available include materials checkout and fax, print, copy, and notary services.
For fax, print, copy, and notary services, call your library location for details.
How do I reserve items for pickup?
- Call your library to place items on hold or place them yourself and arrange for a pickup day and time. You can browse available items and place holds using our online catalog.
- Call the library and request that library staff make selections for you based on your favorite genre or author and to arrange for a pickup day and time.
What are the curbside service hours?
Curbside services will be offered during these hours:
Curbside services are available during library hours. Call us to schedule a curbside slot. Curbside slots are available at these times:
Monday: 9 a.m. – 7:45p.m.
Tuesday: 9 am – 7:45 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 am – 7:45 p.m.
Thursday: 9 am – 7:45 p.m.
Friday: 9 am – 5:45 p.m.
Saturday, 9 am – 4:45 p.m.
Damascus library will offer curbside services during regular library hours.
Glade Spring/Hayters Gap/Mendota libraries:
Glade Spring, Hayters Gap, and Mendota libraries will offer curbside assistance during regular library hours.
Curbside pickup is not available from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. when the libraries are closed.
How do I use curbside pickup?
Arrive at the library and park in the designated area. Please be on time to pick up your materials.
Your items will be in a bag, with your name on it, placed on a table near the curbside area at your scheduled time.
Do I need a library card to use curbside pick-up?
Yes. For more information, see Get a Library Card.
Can I check out a book kit for my discussion group?
Book club kits are available. Visit our Book Club Kits page for details.
How long can I check out materials?
Our normal loan period is 21 days. New items check out for 14 days. For more information about loan rules please see our Circulation Policy.
How do I renew my materials?
You may renew items on the library’s webpage by logging into your account or by calling your library.
How do I return my materials?
You can return your materials to the book drops located outside each library location. Materials will be quarantined for 24 hours, sanitized, then checked in.