(10-11-21) Mercer County residents are now able to use their local library to not only pick up their books, movies and tax forms but also free rapid COVID-19 test kits they can use at home. The Mercer County District Library system is partnering with the Ohio Department of Health to bring the test kits to the community. More than 160 public library systems are participating in the program. Due to the spread of the Delta variant, the testing kits are in high demand. During August, 246 library locations across Ohio provided more than 53,000 tests. Mercer County residents who are concerned about possibly contracting COVID-19 after a recent exposure can get free, rapid COVID-19 tests exclusively via Curbside at all four Mercer County District Library locations: the Main Library in Celina, Mendon Branch, St. Henry Branch, and Marion Branch.

The self-administered, at-home BinaxNOW COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits have been provided by the Ohio Department of Health at no cost to patrons or the library. The test, which provides results in minutes and detects the virus in the early part of the disease when people are most infectious, will be used with an online service, provided by eMed, which helps guide people through the testing process.Testing is very simple.

Requirements for the tests include an internet connected device with a webcam such as a smartphone with camera OR computer/laptop with webcam. Users must also have an email address, phone number, and a valid photo ID. Register with the NAVICA app or at ohio.emed.com. For more information and complete instructions visit the library’s website: mercerlibrary.org/covid. Tests may NOT be completed in the Library. Tests will ONLY be distributed via Curbside Pickup. NO Technical Support is provided by the Library.