The Massillon Public Library, along with public libraries all over the State of Ohio, has received a large quantity of Abbott Lab’s 15-minute BinaxNOW COVID-19 tests from the state government for FREE distribution. These rapid tests are self-administered at home, while on a telehealth session. The test proctor will walk you through the test process and release your results to an app that you must install before the session. These tests are acceptable for employment return-to-work or other uses. More than one test may be obtained in one visit, if you need to test weekly. The state’s objective is to make rapid testing much more accessible throughout Ohio. Libraries are accessible, trusted, and know how to maintain inventory. 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 proven extremely effective and easy to use.
The tests are available during regular hours at the Massillon Main library, the Askren (Navarre) and Belloni (Brewster) branches, and the Bookmobile. Call the Main Library at 330-832-9831 for curbside pickup. Do not enter the library if you are ill.
The library is only distributing the tests, not giving health guidance. Individuals must personally possess either a desktop or laptop computer, phone or tablet with microphone, speaker and camera, an email address, and an internet connection. If you do not have the items listed above, this particular test is not an option for you. The library computers are not available for this purpose and medical tests may not be conducted inside the library. Instead, please check local drug stores, or an alternate free testing site from the options provided by the Ohio Department of Health.
Download the home testing guidelines HERE.
The Massillon Public Library is proud to be an independent library system since 1899! We partner with other libraries statewide to fulfill your needs. Please visit our Bookmobile, as well as our branch libraries in Navarre and Brewster. Thank you for your support!