BINAXNOW COVID-19 RAPID ANTIGEN TEST KITS AVAILABLE FREE AT THE LIBRARY
Hancock County residents are now able to able to stop into their local library and pick up their books, movies and tax forms as well as a free rapid COVID-19 test kit they can use at home. The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library is partnering with Hancock Public Health to bring the test kits to the community.
The self-administered, at-home BinaxNOW COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits have been provided by the Ohio Department of Health and Hancock Public 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. Tests may be picked up at the Main Library, Arlington Branch or Bookmobile and are also available through the library’s curbside service. Patrons will need to download the Navica app from the Apple App Store or Google Play App Store and create an account. Then, scan in a code on the test's box and watch a two-minute online instruction video at ohio.emed.com. When you're ready to start testing, a proctor from eMed joins you on your computer or other device to walk you through the process and watch to ensure the test is completed properly. The antigen test requires the user to insert a nasal swab into a nostril, add drops to it and close the kit. If you do not have internet access, you can call 844-943-0061 for assistance. Results are then returned through the NAVICA app, and the NAVICA pass can be used to demonstrate a test result to an employer, school, or other party. For public health reporting, eMed sends results through the electronic lab reporting system.
WE ASK PATRONS VISITING US TO PLEASE OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING:
-Masks are required to enter the library. Ohio's mask mandate can be read HERE. If you have a medical condition that precludes you from wearing a mask, please take advantage of our curbside pickup service. It is permissible for those with medical conditions that cannot wear a mask to wear a face shield in the library, as long as it covers your nose and mouth and extends past your chin.
- Patrons are asked to observe social distancing and keep at least six feet away from other people.
-Hand sanitizer will be available for patron use, and the library asks that upon entry to the building, patrons use it before handling any library materials.
-Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
-If you or someone you live with is sick, please take advantage of curbside pickup service in lieu of coming into the library.
-There will be a limited number of patrons allowed in the library at one time in order to comply with social distancing guidelines.
LIBRARY STAFF WILL OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING PROTOCOLS FOR YOUR SAFETY:
- Library employees will wear face coverings.
-Employee temperatures will be checked daily as part of daily health assessments allowing employees to self-evaluate if they are well.
-Employees will sanitize and wash their hands frequently.
-Employees will clean and sanitize workplaces and frequently touched surfaces throughout the day. The building will be sanitized nightly.
-Please contact the library at 419-422-1712 for any questions.
CURBSIDE SERVICE WILL REMAIN OPEN
Curbside pickup is available at the Main Branch in Findlay by calling the library at 419-422-1712 to schedule an appointment. Curbside appointments at the Arlington Branch can be scheduled by calling 419-365-5755.
SAFE MATERIAL HANDLING
The library is following the latest guidelines available regarding safe handling of library material. Those currently includes a 96-hour quarantine on returned material, based on recommendations from the CDC and Hancock Public Health. Please expect a short delay on these returned items being cleared from your library account. The library continues to be fine free for overdue materials.
Meeting room spaces are currently unavailable. Reservations for those spaces are not being accepted at this time. However, the library will continue to offer virtual programs, book clubs and book recommendations on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/fhcpl and our YouTube Channel, Findlay Library.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What is happening to my holds? You can call 419-422-1712 to make a curbside reservation to pick up your holds that you've been advised are ready for pick up, or visit us in person to pick up your holds. Holds are no longer on the shelves beside the checkout desk. The Magazine Room has been converted to a staff only space to house your holds. Please go to the doorway of the room and a staff member will be happy to retrieve your holds. Please remember that you may be waiting longer than normal for your holds, as libraries quarantine their returned material for safety.
2. Can I still borrow online materials? Yes! We encourage patrons to check out our eMedia, and online Reference collection, as well as our physical collection.
3. I don't have a library card...can I borrow online materials without one? You cannot borrow materials without a card, but we'd be happy to issue you one when you visit us or click HERE for a digital card.
4. Why is the book I returned days ago still on my account? Material is kept in quarantine for 96 hours, so it will take several days for it to be reflected on your account that it was returned. No worries though, we are fine free!
5. Why was the movie or book I returned yesterday automatically renewed? Material is kept in quarantine for 96 hours, so it will take several days for it to be reflected on your account that it was returned.
5. Are you accepting donations? We are accepting book and DVD/CD donations, however, we will not be accepting magazine donations at this time. If you have donations, please go to the parking garage located at the rear of the library, and place your items in the cart provided. Please do not place any magazines on this cart. If you have a large donation and need help, please call 419-422-1712 for assistance. Thank you for your generosity!
6. Can I reserve a room for a meeting? Sorry, not yet. We are using those areas to quarantine library material at this time. This is anticipated to last at least until June 2021.
7. What if I have other questions? Please call us at 419-422-1712
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