Protect Your Health
Supporting Testing Access through Community Collaboration
VDH-STACC is an OPT-IN 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, 36 libraries/library systems are included in the program. Participating libraries include
If you are symptomatic, or if you have been told to quarantine because you are a close contact to someone who has COVID-19, please send someone else to get the test kit for you
Wear a mask to pick up the test kit
Have a plan to use the test kits within 2 weeks
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 and videos to assist with testing.
On November 18, 2022, the FDA granted a 19 to 21 month shelf life extension for upcoming expiring Flowflex COVID-19 Antigen Home Tests. To see if your test kit was affected please cross reference the LOT NUMBER with the extended expiration date using the document linked here.
- 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
Local Library Location
Please use this tool to find your local library's contact information
Covid-19 Related Questions
VDH’s Call Center 1-877-ASK-VDH3 (1-877-275-8343)
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Additional Comments or Concerns
If you have any additional comments or concerns about the local library facilities, please direct your call to your county administrators.
VDH Statement for ACON COVID-19 tests
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration , certain ACON COVID-19 tests, named Flowflex SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test (Self-Testing) should not be used because of the risk of false results when using the test. The unauthorized tests are packaged in a blue box and have not been cleared or approved for distribution or use in the U.S. These tests are not being distributed by the Virginia Department of Health.
The Flowflex COVID-19 Antigen Home Test, used by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has been authorized, approved and cleared by the FDA for distribution and use. The authorized Flowflex COVID-19 Antigen Home Tests is packaged in a white box.
Library Partnership Roles Chart of VDH, libraries, community members, and eMed in the STACC program.
STACC Program FAQ
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.
Up-to-date information on the STACC program is available at the STACC webpage.
The locations of library systems that are participating in the STACC program are available at the STACC webpage. Library systems opt-in to participating in STACC, and library systems in socially vulnerable communities are prioritized.
No. Businesses are responsible for acquiring tests for their employees. Call your HR department for more information.
VDH is currently supplying libraries with ACON Flowflex COVID-19 Antigen Home Test as supplies are available. During the initial phase of the program, VDH supplied libraries with virtually guided rapid antigen tests using eMed-proctored Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Card Home Test. Libraries will be a pick-up location for community members as resources allow. Rapid antigen tests provide results in 15 minutes.
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.
You can request a free test kit from your local library by following the library’s directions as supplies are available. You will not need to show a library card or prove your residency to get a test kit.
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. 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.
Follow the written instructions in the manufacturer’s product insert. The test kit contains all the equipment materials you need to take the test.
Results for the rapid antigen test are available approximately 15 minutes after completion of the test.
Do not contact library staff. For questions about the ACON Flowflex COVID-19 Antigen Home Test, call ACON Laboratories Customer Support at 1-800-838-9502 or visit the manufacturer’s website at: https://flowflexcovid.com/.
If you test positive, you should immediately isolate yourself (stay away from others) and call your healthcare provider or your local health department.
Do not contact library staff with questions. If you have questions, please contact your healthcare provider or your local health department, visit the VDH Protect Your Health - Isolation and Quarantine webpage, or call the Virginia COVID Information Center at 1-877-829-4682 Mon-Fri 8am-5pm.
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