Sacramento County Public Health to distribute free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests at libraries

More than 91,000 at-home rapid COVID-19 test kits were distributed for free through the Sacramento County Library System and the Folsom Public Library. Due to high demand, most locations have already run out.The test kits were available on a first-come, first-serve basis and were limited to two kits per person, Sacramento County Public Health said on Tuesday. A tweet from the Sacramento Public Library around 2:45 p.m. said test kits are out of stock at many of the locations. The library hopes to have more available Wednesday.No library card is required. Each iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test kit has two tests and the results take 15 minutes. Pick-ups at Sacramento Public Library’s 28 locations can be done via curbside during regular hours. For more information visit saclibrary.org or folsom.ca.us/library.“Testing before and after gathering in groups or attending large events helps lessen the spread of COVID and the new Omicron variant,” Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye said in a statement. “Thank you to our Library partners for helping get these kits out to the community.”The partnership comes as COVID-19 cases are hitting record levels in the county and across the United States and accessing at-home tests has been a challenge for many.In Sacramento County, the 7-day average case rate hit 80.3 per 100,000 people on Tuesday. That was up from 18.7 two weeks ago. The county’s 7-day test positivity rate, an indicator of community spread, was a record 17%. Hospitalizations are also rising with 276 COVID-positive patients in the county on Monday, up from 142 two weeks ago.

More than 91,000 at-home rapid COVID-19 test kits were distributed for free through the Sacramento County Library System and the Folsom Public Library. Due to high demand, most locations have already run out.

The test kits were available on a first-come, first-serve basis and were limited to two kits per person, Sacramento County Public Health said on Tuesday. A tweet from the Sacramento Public Library around 2:45 p.m. said test kits are out of stock at many of the locations. The library hopes to have more available Wednesday.

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Due to high demand, test kits are out of stock at many of our locations. We hope to make available a limited supply available tomorrow, January 5 at all locations.

— Sacramento Public Library (@saclib) January 4, 2022

No library card is required. Each iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test kit has two tests and the results take 15 minutes.

Pick-ups at Sacramento Public Library’s 28 locations can be done via curbside during regular hours.

For more information visit saclibrary.org or folsom.ca.us/library.

“Testing before and after gathering in groups or attending large events helps lessen the spread of COVID and the new Omicron variant,” Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye said in a statement. “Thank you to our Library partners for helping get these kits out to the community.”

The partnership comes as COVID-19 cases are hitting record levels in the county and across the United States and accessing at-home tests has been a challenge for many.

In Sacramento County, the 7-day average case rate hit 80.3 per 100,000 people on Tuesday. That was up from 18.7 two weeks ago. The county’s 7-day test positivity rate, an indicator of community spread, was a record 17%.

Hospitalizations are also rising with 276 COVID-positive patients in the county on Monday, up from 142 two weeks ago.

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Sacramento County Public Health has teamed up with libraries to distribute at-home COVID-19 test kits. The Folsom Library now offers free at-home test kits on a first-come basis, as supplies last. Tests are now available during regular library hours. https://t.co/2nO9jyGazN pic.twitter.com/3pvAN7QAE9

— City of Folsom (@CityofFolsom) January 4, 2022