COVID-19 Response and Resources

Free N-95 Masks

The City of Puyallup is providing free N-95 masks. Masks will be available at the entrance table and available via Curbside pickup for anyone getting COVID test kits. If you would also like masks when you pick up your kits, let staff know and we'll be happy to add them to your kits.

Free COVID Test Kits - Rapid & PCR

Does Puyallup Public Library offer take-home COVID test kits? 

Yes, we offer PCR and Rapid COVID test kits via curbside pickup or from the main desk.

Simply drive up to our curbside parking and call the number on the sandwich board outside to request up to 2 kits per household. We can't do more than that due to limited supply. Please do not visit the library if you are the person experiencing COVID symptoms. Kits are for use by individuals age 2 and up. Each kit contains instructions on how to obtain a sample and the necessary equipment to collect the sample. 

PCR tests can take 2-3 days to get results. You will need access to the internet to register your kit at home, and a current email address. Return kits to UPS the same day as your test. We recommend that you watch this video which describes the process for registering, administering, and returning your test. Shipping is pre-paid. Tests should be returned to a UPS location or dropbox. Please do not return your kit to the library. Please check out the LetsGetChecked COVID-19 test kit flyer for more information on the test and what is included in the PCR test kit.

Rapid tests can be done completely from home and do not require returning the kit anywhere. Learn more from the flyer. On January 20, 2022, the FDA granted a three-month shelf-life extension for On/Go COVID-19 Antigen Self-Tests (also known under CareStart COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test EUA letter). This extended the shelf-life for all On/Go Self-Tests from 6 months to 9 months.  So, if the expiration date printed on your box states February 2022, the expiration date for the test is now May 31, 2022.  Please note, the expiration date for the tests is the last day of the labeled expiration month.

These kits are provided by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

Tested Positive?

What if you test positive and are un- or underinsured? Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has resources available to help. Learn more from this flyer.

COVIDtests.gov - Rapid Tests

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. Order from COVIDtests.gov.

Say Yes! COVID Test - Rapid Tests

The state of Washington is now offering free rapid at-home tests to residents of eligible communities via their Say Yes COVID website. People can order up to 5 free tests for a household while supplies last. However, supply will be limited at first and will restock as supply into the state increases. Learn more about the tests and other options.

Greater Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network (SCAN) - PCR Tests

If you need more tests or cannot make it to the library, SCAN will provide test kits to Pierce County residents. The kits are delivered to your home and must be requested through the SCAN website. If you need help signing up, call 206-616-5859 from 8 am - 8 pm PST. If you request a kit through SCAN, they will drop off and pick up your kit from your home directly within a limited time window. It's convenient and easy.

External Resources

For centralized information on how Washington State and the Federal government are responding to COVID-19, please visit:

Washington State Department of Health

Governor Jay Inslee’s coronavirus page

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Federal Government Response to Coronavirus

For information on unemployment benefits and employment resources, please visit:

Washington State Employment Security Department---Unemployment Benefits Page

WorkSource Washington

O-Net is a site that blends multiple federal government resources for job seekers.  Includes the Occupational Outlook Handbook that lists hundreds of jobs, average annual salaries, education requirements, career growth outlook, and more.