COVID-19 Testing & Resources
Free COVID-19 At-Home Test Kits
Beginning Monday, October 4th, 2021, the library will be offering free COVID test kits in conjunction with the Pierce County Health Department and SCAN, the Greater Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network.
The library can provide 1 or 2 kits per household. Kits are for use by individuals ages 16 or older. Kits can be picked up without an appointment at the library by requesting one at the circulation desk. Please do not visit the library if you are the person experiencing COVID symptoms. Kits can also be requested through curbside pickup. Visit the Library's website to learn more.
To register your kit and receive the test results, you must have access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone that can access the internet. You must also provide a current email address to receive the results. Once the test kit is received by the lab, it takes up to 48 hours to process, then you are emailed the results. Each kit contains instructions on how to obtain a sample and the necessary equipment to collect the sample. The kit also contains a box to return the sample to the testing facility. Tests should be mailed back on the same day as the sample is taken. Mailing is pre-paid. Tests should be returned by UPS or FedEx only. Please visit the Everlywell COVID-19 test kit site for more information on the test and what is included in the kit. We highly recommend that you watch this video which describes the process for registering, administering, and returning your test. Please do not return your kit to the library. The library has a list of the nearest UPS and FedEx locations and will provide a copy when you pick up your test.
Getting a home-collected COVID-19 test kit is easy as stopping by your local Pierce County Library branch! Pierce County residents, call your library to schedule a pickup during curbside hours. You can take the test in the privacy of your own home at the date and time that works for you. The kit includes simple instructions to safely take the test and drop it off at a UPS Store or UPS drop box. You can also request one from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.
Free COVID-19 Testing (Drive-Through and Walk-Up)
Visit Pierce County COVID-19 Testing for a list of locations throughout Pierce County. Get tested if you have symptoms or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19. Most health insurance plans cover testing and treatment for services necessary for COVID-19. The state insurance commissioner ordered all health plans his office regulates to waive copays, coinsurance, and deductibles for people requiring testing for COVID-19. Copays and deductibles will still apply if you need treatment.
Care Connect Washington
Tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed? Torn between isolating and running errands? Care Connect Washington can help.
Care Connect Washington fulfills acute care needs by providing such things as personal care kits, nonperishable food kits, and fresh food orders delivered to their homes. If other essential needs are identified, such as financial assistance for paying bills, a local care coordinator helps people apply for local resources or services they may be eligible for or provides them direct assistance in paying bills such as rent, mortgage, and utilities.
If you or someone you know is actively isolated or quarantined at home and needs assistance, contact Care Connect Washington by calling or texting the program hotline, 1-833-453-0336, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Press #1 for Spanish and #2 for other languages.
There is a new tool to help stop the spread of COVID-19: your phone. WA Notify is an anonymous exposure notification tool that can help you stop the spread. It's simple, free, and completely private. WA Notify can alert you if you have been near another user who later tests positive for COVID. To learn more, visit the Washington State Department of Health website.
Notify Others to Stop The Spread
Reach out to your close contacts and let them know they may have been exposed to COVID-19. Someone who is infected can spread COVID-19 even before they have symptoms. When you notify your close contacts, they can get tested and quarantined or isolated if needed to avoid spreading the virus to others. If you used an at-home test, report you are positive result to Washington’s COVID-19 hotline at 1–800–525–0127. This supports contact tracing efforts and prevents the disease from further spreading in our communities. The phone line is open Monday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Tuesday to Sunday (and observed holidays) from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Language assistance is available.