At-Home Rapid COVID-19 Tests Available at the Library

The Archbold Community Library is now distributing at-home COVID-19 test kits. The tests are provided by the State of Ohio and are free to patrons.

The tests are taken at-home, self-administered and can provide test results in as few as 15 minutes. The BinaxNOW COVID-19 at-home nasal swab test has been authorized by the FDA under the Emergency Use Authorization for the detection of the proteins from SARS-CO-2 only and not for any other viruses. 

Requirements:

To use a test kit, you must have:

  • access to the internet
  • an email address
  • a smart phone or tablet with a camera
  • AND a computer or laptop with a webcam. 

How this works:

First, download the NAVICA app from the Apple App store or the Google Play app store. 

Open the NaVICA app on your smartphone or tablet.

Create a NAVICA account from the app and remember your username and password.

HOW TO SET UP AN ACCOUNT FOR ANOTHER PERSON UNDER YOUR ACCOUNT:

Once you are logged into the Navica app, you should see a profile icon at the upper right of your screen. Tap on that and then you will see a button called "Managed Profiles." From there, you can create a profile for children, elders, or other people for home you manage their healthcare.

You are now ready to pick up your kit/s from the Library. Call the Library at 419-446-2783 and we will reserve some test kits for you.

When you get to the Library, call the Library to let us know that you are here. Pop the truck or hatch of your vehicle to make this a contactless pickup if necessary.

DO NOT OPEN THE TEST KIT UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO.

Once you are home and ready, you will go to the website ohio.emed.com. It is recommended you watch the instructional youtube video on the homepage prior to testing, explaining how the process works. When you are ready, click the START TESTING button on the page. You will answer a series of questions to prepare for a free visit with an eMed proctor who will provide instructions for taking the test. The entire process will take 15 to 30 minutes to complete and receive results. 

Frequently asked questions:

Why do I need to download the NAVICA app?

The NAVICA app provides a credible and portable way for patient and organization to access valid results.

Why does the patient need access to a computer or a laptop or a tablet with a webcam?

The patient must log in to ohio.emed.com to access a proctor or "eMed" for this test. For the test to be valid, it must be administered by a trained telehealth professionnal, or "eMed" who will be with the patient throughout the 15 minute test. This person is qualified to read and report the results so that they will show up in the NAVICA app for the patient to see.

Why can't I take the test at the Library?

The library does not have a safe area away from other patrons and staff.

Can children take these tests?

Yes, according to the US FDA's December 16, 2020 news release, this test can be taken by anyone age 4 and up. For kids ages 4-14, an adult must collect the test sample. Patients 15 years and older are authorized to collect their own samples.

Where did the Library get these tests?

These tests were purchased by the State of Ohio and given to libraries and other organizations to distribute to the public.

What if I don't have a smartphone to download the NAVICA app?

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 does not have a smartphone. A person can call eMed customer support at 844-943-0753 to have the test results sent outside of the NAVICA app.

Is there a way to do the test without internet or without an eMed proctor?

NO, the Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA specifically states "The BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test is to be performed only with the supervision of a telehealth proctor." If the patient wants a valid result, they must follow ALL instructions.