COVID-19 Test Kits

Test kits are in short supply and may not be available at all locations. We are sorry for the inconvenience. 

Updated 12/1/21 | Test kits are available at the Jackson, Lake and North branches.

We are now distributing FREE at-home coronavirus test kits.
For the safety of patrons and staff, these kits will be available for pickup only at our drive-up locations.

North Branch
189 25th Street NW, Canton, Ohio 44709  

Jackson Community Branch
7487 Fulton Dr. NW, Massillon, OH 44646

Lake Community Branch
565 Market Ave. SW, Uniontown, Ohio 44685

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The tests are free.

The tests have been distributed at no cost to libraries from the Ohio Department of Health. 

These tests are approved for at-home testing by the FDA and recommended for this use by the Ohio Department of Health.  

According to Abbottwho produces the BinaxNOW Home Test:   

The lab-based PCR tests remain the gold standard in terms of sensitivity of the tests. But the rapid antigen tests (such as the BinaxNOW test) have the ability – with their scale, quick results, and lower cost – to be powerful tools in slowing the spread of COVID, by focusing on the period of time that an individual is most infectious and greater risk of spreading the disease. The BinaxNOW tests have proven extremely effective and easy to use.  

Antigen tests are generally less sensitive than PCR-based methods, and their clinical performance depends on the circumstances in which they are used. The fact that antigen tests generally have lower sensitivity but consistently high specificity means there is some risk of false negatives with antigen tests, but generally not false positives when the test is administered according to the instructions. More recently, there has been more study of the use of antigen tests as screening tests for asymptomatic populations, including this recent one from the CDC. Note that its conclusion, while recognizing the limitations of antigen tests, is that “Antigen tests can be an important tool in an overall community testing strategy to reduce transmission.” Here is another recent study evaluating the use of antigen tests in asymptomatic populations. 

The kits are currently available through our drive-up only at North Branch, Jackson Community Branch and Lake Community Branch.  We ask that all patrons follow safety protocols, including wearing a mask, when interacting with staff at our pick-up locations.  If you are experiencing symptoms, we would prefer that a friend or family member pick up your test for you. 

Yes.

You can receive up to three tests at a time, while supplies last.

No, you can pick up a test for any reason. 

You do not need to show anything when you pick up the test, but we recommend that you download the NAVICA app and create your log-in before you pick up the test. 

You will need the following: 

  • a mobile device, such as a smartphone  
  • a separate laptop, tablet or desktop computer with a microphone, speakers, and front-facing camera or webcam 
  • an email address 
  • an internet connection.  

Note: if you have all the necessary equipment except a smartphone, you can start the test process at ohio.emed.com, then contact eMed customer support at 844.943.0061 to have the test results sent outside the NAVICA app. 

An internet connection is required to take the test.

If you don't have an internet connection, we can help in the following ways:

  1. We have WiFi at each of our locations which you can access from the parking lot.
  2. You can request a hotspot from the library but due to the high-demand for these items, wait times can be several weeks.

If you don't have access to the necessary equipment, please call the library at 330.452.0665 and we will assist you in finding a location to be tested.

Download the NAVICA app, create a profile, and follow the instructions within the app.  

The NAVICA app can be downloaded for no charge in the U.S. from the App Store [Apple devices] and the Google Play Store [Android devices]. After downloading the app, you just enter some basic information. The whole process takes about two minutes.

If you do not have a smartphone, you can create a NAVICA account at ohio.emed.com and start the test there.  You will need to contact eMed customer support at 844.943.0061 to have the test results sent outside the NAVICA app. 

More instructions on how to use the test kit:

BinaxNOW Home Test Kit Q & A

Patient Instructions

The NAVICA app can be downloaded for no charge in the U.S. from the App Store [Apple devices] and the Google Play Store [Android devices]. After downloading the app, you just enter some basic information. The whole process takes about two minutes.

You will find additional information on the NAVICA website.

Once you have downloaded the NAVICA app and created your own log-in, you can create Managed Profiles for others from the Account and Settings portion of the app for a child or dependent who does not have a separate email address or who are not able to create a separate NAVICA app.  When a user initiates a test through ohio.emed.com, they will be asked which person on the account is being tested, and the results will be reported for the appropriate user. 

No, patrons will not be allowed to conduct the test inside the library. 

If your telehealth session is interrupted, you should immediately return to ohio.emed.com and select the option to begin a test and explain to a proctor that the prior session was interrupted. If the proctor determines that the session is unable to proceed, contact eMed support at 844.943.0753 for assistance.  

eMed is responsible for reporting results. Your results are returned through the NAVICA app, and the NAVICA pass can be used to demonstrate a test result to an employer, school, or other party. 

The library does not collect any data on testing and only knows how many tests are distributed. 

Call eMed Customer Support at 844.943.0061. 

Please contact the Stark County Health Department at 330.493.9904.

The library is distributing the tests, but cannot give health guidance.

Each test kit includes a white sticker on the box that identifies the date it was made and its expiration date. The FDA, though, has approved a 3-month extension of this expiration date. Find more information at Ohio.emed.com.

 

Helpful Hints:

  • The eMed proctor is not a healthcare provider but is qualified to administer the test and read the results.
  • Ensure that you have plenty of space to use the test kit. The test card must lay flat on a hard surface.
  • The eMed proctor will have you adjust your webcam at various times during the testing. The proctor will need to view the test kit on the surface in front of you at certain times and will need to view you at other times. Follow all of the proctor’s instructions for the test to be validated. For example, the proctor must be able to view the test card during the 15 minutes the test runs or it will be invalidated.
  • You will need to scan the QR code on the test card with your webcam at two separate times. Make sure you hold the QR code up to the webcam when instructed. Keep the QR code in the center of the camera and hold it as still as possible.