COVID Rapid Test Pickup

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The Portsmouth Public Library system, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), is now a distribution site for free COVID-19 at-home test kits. To receive a test kit, which will be available for curbside pickup only, individuals should call to schedule an appointment to pick up a kit during the following days and times -- 

 

 

 

  • Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. –  4 p.m. – Cradock Branch; (757)393-8759

 

When you arrive to pick up your kit, call the library to alert staff of your arrival and 

DO NOT ENTER THE LIBRARY. 

Follow the staff member’s instructions and practice social distancing during this curbside pickup.  


THERE IS A LIMIT OF TWO (2) TESTS PER HOUSEHOLD.

 

You will be provided written instructions to use this at-home test.  The instructions state that you will need to connect to the internet using Wi-Fi or cell phone data to access eMed and to download the testing app, called Navica.  Each person taking a test must create an account.  The account will require primary contact information.  You will then need to go to eMed.com to obtain a proctor who will walk you through the testing process.  Be prepared to show the proctor your photo-ID.   There is no cost for the test or eMed guide.  


You may access the public Wi-Fi from your vehicle in the parking lot, if necessary.  


Results should be available within 15 minutes.  Again, these instructions are provided with the test kit.  Library staff will NOT be able to assist you or answer any questions.  All questions about the test-kit, testing process, and results may be directed to the Virginia COVID Information Center at 1-877-829-4682 or https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/protect-yourself/covid-19-testing/stacc/.  


Keep in mind that this is a Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test and may NOT satisfy any travel testing requirements.


 For any additional questions, refer to the testing app or the contact information provided.  Also, properly dispose of any materials from the test kit. 

 

The at-home test kits are made possible through the Supporting Testing Access through Community Collaboration (STACC) – a new VDH program launched last month.  Community members will be able to pick up the free test kits from any Portsmouth library.  Currently, approximately 30 library systems across the Commonwealth are participating in the free eMed program with Portsmouth’s participation launching today, December 7th.  

 

If you have questions about the eMed test kit, call 1-866-955-1173.  For COVID-19 related questions, call the VDH’s call center at 1-877-829-4682.