The library will receive 15-minute BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test kits like the one shown above. (Photo submitted)
The library will receive 15-minute BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test kits like the one shown above. (Photo submitted)
DELPHOS — The Delphos Public Library will soon be a distribution site for at-home COVID-19 test kits.

The Ohio Department of Health purchased more than 2 million tests that can be self-administered outside of a clinical setting with the objective of making rapid testing much more broadly accessible throughout the state.

“The state knows the library is the heart of the community and we know how to distribute things,” Delphos Public Library Director Kelly Rist said Thursday. “I’m glad we can be involved in this. We strive to support the community. We are not just four walls.”

The library will receive 15-minute BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test kits, which have received FDA Emergency Use Authorization for at-home testing in collaboration with a telehealth session. Abbott has selected eMed, a digital health solution, as its telehealth partner. This service for COVID-19 testing prescribes and allows the test to be done rapidly at home with virtual instruction and consultation. A trained telehealth professional guides those being tested through the at-home self-test via video call using the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test and Abbott’s complementary NAVICA mobile app to enable the testing process and display BinaxNOW COVID-19 test results.

“These tests will be especially helpful to people who have been exposed to the virus or are recovering and need a negative test to return to work,” Rist said. “They will get the pass they need right on their phone.”

Literature Rist received notes the lab-based PCR tests remain the gold standard in terms of sensitivity of the tests. But the rapid antigen tests 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 also proven extremely effective and easy to use.

“The first few weeks Bucyrus and Crestline libraries had their kits they distributed 45 tests,” Rist said. “The need is out there. I’m glad we can help meet it.”

Once they arrive, the test kits can be picked up at the library from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Rist asks that patrons who are experiencing symptoms or who do not feel well to request a test kit for curbside delivery or a family member or friend can pick up a kit. Curbside delivery is also available to all patrons.

The library can be reached at 419-695-4015.

Rist will announce when the test kits are available at the library through the library’s website, Facebook page and The Delphos Herald.

A resident who plans to take advantage of the at-home test should start by downloading the NAVICA app onto a mobile device and create an account for themselves and, if they want to test any children or other dependents, create managed profiles from the “Account and Settings” portion of the app.

The BinaxNOW Home tests are intended to make decentralized, at-home use more accessible. But if a person (or group of people) lacks access to all the necessary resources, a distribution site may create workarounds – e.g., centralized locations with computers and internet available to perform the telehealth. In addition, while the NAVICA app is the primary way to receive individual results from the test, specific requests can be made for an email or other mechanism of delivering a result to an individual who doesn’t have a smartphone.

Users cannot skip the telehealth portion of the test. The test is to be performed only with the supervision of a telehealth proctor. Bypassing the telehealth portion of the test would also mean there would not be a prescription for the test to be administered, as the prescription specifically includes this aspect of the test.

For more information about the test, call eMed Customer Support at 844-943-0061.