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December 7, 2021

County library offers free COVID-19 home test kits

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The home test kits provide results in 15 minutes.
The Fauquier Public Library has partnered with the Virginia Department of Health to distribute to distribute free, at-home COVID-19 tests.

The free kits are available for curbside pickup only.

Individuals can pick up a virtually-guided Abbott BinaxNow COVID-19 Antigen Card Home Test from the library, use them in the privacy of their homes and receive digital test results in 15 minutes. The program seeks to increase access to COVID-19 testing, especially among rural, remote, under-resourced communities and other vulnerable populations.

“We are pleased to work with public libraries to provide another testing option for our community and to increase accessibility,” said Dr. Laurie Forlano, deputy director of the VDH Office of Epidemiology. “Testing continues to be important to stop the spread of COVID-19, particularly as we enter the holiday season when people gather.”

Users will need a mobile device or computer with a camera to create an account and to join a virtual testing session with an eMed assistant who guides users through the testing process. A photo ID will be requested by the eMed assistant. Once the test has been completed, the user will receive a test result within 15 minutes, and eMed will report the results to VDH.

“The public library is trusted by the Fauquier community, and we are pleased to support public health initiatives like this partnership with the Virginia Department of Health,” Library Director Maria Del Rosso said.

Additional information about how to request a test kit from is available at fauquierlibrary.org.

All questions about the test, results and treatment should be directed to the Virginia Department of Health at 877-829-4682 or its website.
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