You can pick up a free COVID test kit from Mentor Public Library, while supplies last.

You can pick up a free COVID test kit from Mentor Public Library, while supplies last.

Anyone can now pick up a free COVID-19 test kit from most of the public libraries in Lake County – including Mentor Public Library – thanks to a partnership between Ohio public libraries and the Ohio Department of Health.

The patrons can take the test at home with medical supervision, as long as they have a smartphone or a webcam and an Internet connection. They’ll also need an email address.

Here’s the process:

  1. First, call the library where you want to pick up the tests. Most libraries in the county have test kits stocked, but a few have not received theirs yet. You don’t have to explain why you need the test.
  2. Pick up the test at the library and instructions either through the building’s drive-thru or curbside – whichever the library indicates when you call ahead. Once again, the tests are free.
  3. You take the test at home. Log into the NAVICA app or go to ohio.emed.com to take the test with the help of someone trained to assist you. You’ll need to create a NAVICA profile to take the test. Once you take the test, you should have results in about 15 minutes.

While the libraries are happy to provide the test kits, library staff cannot give medical advice. When in doubt, contact a medical professional.