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Free COVID test kits available

By John Miller, 01/12/22 3:16 PM

PRESCOTT – The Prescott-Nevada County library is set to distribute free rapid at-home COVID test kits in partnership with the Nevada County Health Unit. To make COVID-19 testing more available, Nevada County residents can pick up free, rapid at-home test kits at the Prescott Nevada County Library beginning Wednesday, January 12. The iHealth COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test kits will be available on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.  The tests can be performed at home and offer results in 15 minutes. Residents can receive a maximum of two test kits per person (each rapid kit has two tests).

People showing symptoms of COVID-19 should NOT come to the library distribution site and should contact their health care provider or make an appointment for a PCR test at a location providing testing throughout the community.

The library will distribute kits from 11:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. No library card is required to receive a test kit. You will need to bring proof of residency, such as a driver’s license, ID and/or a current bill that shows your address. Masks are required in the library building – including when picking up a test.

Along with the library, there are two other places in town to get free COVID test kits – the Nevada County Health Unit and the UAMS Gap Clinic. Debbie Henderson, NCHU administrator, said those wanting a self test should call the NCHU and not come inside.  The kit will be brought out to those making the request. It would also be best to call the Gaps Clinic instead of going inside as it has a drive-through window.