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Lepper Library distributes free at-home COVID test kits

LISBON — The State of Ohio has secured the purchase of at least 2 million at-home COVID-19 test kits that can be self-administered outside of a clinical setting. The new Abbott BinaxNOW Home Test can be provided to individuals for at-home use, and is packaged with a telehealth session to oversee test administration, including prescription writing and result reporting.

The state’s objective is to make rapid testing much more broadly accessible throughout the state. In doing this the Ohio Department of Health has asked public libraries to volunteer to help distribute the tests to the public. Lepper Library will participate in this distribution.

The requirements needed for the at-home tests are a smart phone or tablet; a computer with a webcam, microphone, speaker and the Internet; and an email account. If you do not have these items, you will have to be tested at a medical facility.

Prior to receiving a test kit, your will need to download the NAVICA app on their smart phone or tabletfrom the Apple App Store or the Google Play App Store. After downloading, open the NAVICA app and create a NAVICA account.

Remember your login (username and password), you will need it again. If the patient to be tested is a minor (age 17 or younger), they will have to be added to their parent or guardians account under Managed Profile.

Home test kits and instructions can be picked up in the library or through curbside service. We ask that if you are feeling ill have someone pick up the test for you or use curbside service. For more information or to pick up a test kit call the library at 330-424-3117.

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