By Diane Lee, Public Information Officer, Garrett County Health Department
The Garrett County Health Department is partnering with the Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County to provide At-Home COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits across the county.
The BinaxNOW COVID-19 test kits are provided by the Maryland Department of Health and are free to the public. Step-by-step instructions for completing the test and for reporting test results are included with the kits.
"We are really happy about this partnership,” said Garrett County Health Officer Bob Stephens. “Our public libraries have branches spread throughout the entire county, and they have expertise in making resources available to the community. These take-home kits are just another important resource that the library can help to disseminate.”
“We are very happy to support our community in any way we can,” said Thomas Vose, Director of Ruth Enlow Library. “People who are displaying symptoms should call their local library branch and we will arrange for curbside service.”
Each kit contains two tests. If both tests are used for the same person, testing should be spaced several days apart. Currently, supplies are limited to 4 kits per patron, but more kits may be available in the future.
These test kits are designed for personal use only. If a documented result is needed for travel, employment, events, or other purposes, please verify whether or not the at-home test will satisfy the testing requirements.