Protect Your Health
Supporting Testing Access through Community Collaboration
VDH-STACC is an initiative with community libraries launched in November 2021. The goal is to increase access to testing resources for communities at risk for COVID-19 throughout the Commonwealth utilizing a trusted resource community partner. Through this program, VDH distributes Flowflex COVID-19 Antigen Home Test to selected libraries. Community members can pick up FREE test kits from participating libraries (library cards aren’t required) and take the kits home to self-test for COVID-19.
Free at-home COVID-19 testing kits available at participating Virginia Libraries:
Currently, 33 libraries/library systems are included in the program. Participating libraries include
Information about Flowflex COVID-19 At-Home Tests
This program currently uses Flowflex COVID-19 Antigen Home Tests , which are authorized for use for individuals 2 years of age or older. Access Flowflex’s website for more information about this at-home test.
- Who should test
- Interpreting antigen test results (PDF) (2 pp, 256 KB)
- What to do after exposure to COVID-19
- What to do after receiving a positive test result
- Contact your healthcare provider or local health department with other questions about interpreting test results and next steps.
- If you don’t think this is the right test for you, access our testing locator page for additional options
Have a question?
Program Contact Information
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is partnering with libraries as a trusted community resource to support access to testing resources. The partnership will help give broader access to at-home rapid antigen tests to Virginians at a time where there is an increased demand for testing due to the spread of COVID-19.
No. Businesses are responsible for acquiring tests for their employees. Call your HR department for more information.
No. VDH has the ViSSTA program and has additional testing resources in schools. Call your local school leaders for more information.
VDH will be supplying no-cost, virtually guided rapid antigen tests using eMed-proctored BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Card Home Test to libraries as supplies are available. Libraries will be a pick-up location for community members as resources allow. Rapid antigen tests provide results in 15 minutes.
Yes - as supplies are available.
Visit the VDH COVID-19 Testing webpage for information on who should get tested and when. VDH recommends having a plan for testing based on criteria and not relying on same day appointments for best utilization of resources.
Individuals can request a free test kit from their local library by following the library’s directions as supplies are available. Proof of residency is not required, and individuals will not be required to present a library card to access test kits.
If you have symptoms, you should not go inside your library’s building. Use your library’s contactless distribution option or have someone pick up the test on your behalf. You should always wear a mask if you go to a library to pick up a test, regardless of whether you have symptoms. If you are ill, VDH recommends that you seek care from your healthcare provider.
Taking the test inside the library is not allowed because of the risk of exposing others to COVID-19 and biohazardous materials. Your library may have Wi-Fi in the parking lot that you could use for a virtual testing session outside of the library. Dispose of used kits in your home garbage.
As supplies are available, VDH recommends taking the number of tests that you need, within your library’s guidelines. If multiple people in your household need a COVID-19 test, we recommend taking a test for each person who needs one. You should have a plan to use the test kits you receive within two weeks to avoid wastage if they expire.
You will need the following:
- an internet connection
- an internet-enabled device (computer, mobile phone, or tablet) with a webcam or front-facing camera, microphone, speaker, and supported browser for the testing session
- a valid photo ID to show the eMed telehealth proctor
If you do not have a strong internet connection at home, ask your library staff if Wi-Fi is available in the parking lot or if they have a Wi-Fi hotspot you could check out. Do not take the test within the library itself.
For information on supported browsers, go to https://www.emed.com/technical-requirements. Valid forms of ID include driver's license, passport, passport card, birth certificate, state-issued identification card, military ID card, and official school ID.
You will need to use your email address to create a NAVICA account prior to your virtual testing session. You can create an account by downloading the NAVICA app or online at https://www.emed.com/app/login by clicking on “I want to start testing” and then selecting "Create Navica Account." If you do not have an email address, a friend or family member can create a Managed Profile for you through the “Account and Settings” portion of the NAVICA app on their smartphone.
Once you log onto the eMed website by phone or computer, a trained and certified virtual agent, called a telehealth proctor, will help answer your questions and guide you in taking the test. There are proctors who speak English and Spanish. It is a self-swab of the nose and then testing that swab in a small card to get the results.
No. The Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA requires that you take the test only with the supervision of a telehealth proctor.
Results for the eMed BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Card Home Test are available approximately 15 minutes after completion of the test. In addition to receiving results, you will also receive follow-up health care instructions and a digital health pass if your COVID-19 test is negative.
Do not contact library staff. If you need assistance with the test kit procedure, please contact Navica’s Technical Services line at 1-800-257-9525.
After the test taker completes their test with the online proctor, eMed will report the results to the Virginia Department of Health.
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