COVID-19 Test Kits Available At 4 Fairfax County Library Branches

FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA — Fairfax County Public Library will be distributing a small supply of free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests at four of its regional branches on Wednesday, with a limit of four test kits per household.

The tests, provided by the Virginia Department of Health, will be available at the Reston Regional Library, the George Mason Regional Library in Annandale, the Chantilly Regional Library and the Sherwood Regional Library in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County. Distribution of the test kits will begin when the branches open at 10 a.m.

Only 300 test kits will be available at each branch.

The distribution of the test kits at public libraries is a program of the Virginia Department of Health. The libraries and their staff have no control over how many test kits were sent this week by VDH.

Neither proof of residency nor a library card is required to pick up a free test. Residents should take the COVID-19 tests at home, not in a library branch.

Residents exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms must request tests kits through the library’s contactless curbside pickup service.

On Wednesday, the libraries will be distributing BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Card Home Test kits, which are virtually guided by a trained telehealth proctor. Proctors are available who speak English and Spanish.

The tests require an internet connection, an internet-enabled device — computer, mobile phone, or tablet — with a webcam or front-facing camera, microphone, speaker and supported web browser, and a valid photo ID to show the proctor.

People who test positive should isolate and follow up with their health care provider or the Fairfax County Health Department. On its website, the Virginia Department of Health provides guidance on next steps after getting the antigen test results.

The rapid tests are made available through FCPL's participation in the Virginia Department of Health's Supporting Testing Access through Community Collaboration program.

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This article originally appeared on the Chantilly Patch