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December 1, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Nicholas A. Brown
(301) 699-3500, ext. 6241
nicholas.brown@pgcmls.info

County Library to Offer Free COVID-19 Self-Test Kits

Largo, Md. – Prince George’s County residents will temporarily have access to free COVID-19 Rapid Self-Test kits through the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS). Part of a statewide effort to make 500,000 free kits available to the public to reduce COVID-19 rates, PGCMLS is partnering with the Maryland Department of Health and Prince George’s County Health Department to launch this new public health service.

Test kits will be available beginning on Wednesday, December 1 at PGCMLS’ branch libraries (see hours and map of branches). These tests are Abbott BinaxNOW AG At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits (2 tests per kit). The Library will receive approximately 1,700 kits per week (subject to change) that will be available to the public at all open branch libraries until further notice. The supply at each location is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Customers are asked to limit to one kit per person so that the supply can serve as many Prince Georgians as possible. The kits will be replenished on a weekly basis as supplies allow through the state of Maryland’s program. Availability is subject to change.

“Testing continues to be one of the most important tools we have to keep people safe, and we have now conducted nearly 15 million tests statewide,” said Governor Larry Hogan in his November 24 announcement. “By making these at-home test kits available through local health departments, we are giving Marylanders more options and more peace of mind as we head into the holiday season. Of course, the single most important thing you can do, if you haven’t already, is get vaccinated or get your booster shot.”

Tests must not be completed at the Library. Individuals who have COVID-19 symptoms should have someone retrieve a test on their behalf in order to minimize the risk of exposure to PGCMLS staff and customers. Face masks are required indoors at all PGCMLS facilities. Kits are available for free; no identification or proof of insurance are required.

Test kit instructions are available here in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Haitian Creole, Korean, Simplified Chinese, and Vietnamese. These test kits do not meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requirements for entry to the U.S. from international travel. Customers may contact Ask a Librarian with questions at (240) 455-5451 or askalibrarian@pgcmls.info with questions.

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About the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) helps customers discover and define opportunities that shape their lives. The Library serves the 967,000+ residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland through 19 branch libraries, a 24/7 online library, and pop-up services throughout the community. PGCMLS is a responsive and trusted community-driven organization. Programs, services, and outreach activities serve booklovers, immigrants and refugees, job seekers, children, young professionals, seniors, and families alike. Learn more at pgcmls.info/about-us.