Supporting Testing Access through Community Collaboration (STACC)
– Community Member Frequently Asked Questions –
Up-to-date information on the STACC program is available at the STACC webpage
What is this program?
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is partnering with libraries as a trusted
community resource to support access to testing resources. The partnership will help
give broader access to at-home rapid antigen tests to Virginians at a time where there is
an increased demand for testing due to the spread of COVID-19.
Will this program for businesses have employees tested?
No. Businesses are responsible for acquiring tests for their employees. Call your HR
department for more information.
Is this program for K-12 school testing?
No. VDH has the ViSSTA program and has additional testing resources in schools. Call your local school leaders for more information.
What kinds of tests are distributed?
VDH will be supplying no-cost, virtually guided rapid antigen tests using eMed-proctored Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Card Home Test to libraries as supplies are available. Libraries will be a pick-up location for community members as resources
allow. Rapid antigen tests provide results in 15 minutes.
Are the tests free?
Yes – as supplies are available.
Who should get tested?
Visit the VDH COVID-19 Testing webpage (https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/protect-yourself/covid-19-testing/) for
information on who should get tested and when. VDH recommends having a plan for
testing based on criteria and not relying on same day appointments for best utilization of
How can I receive a test through a library?
Individuals can request a free test kit from their local library by following the library’s directions as supplies are available. Proof of residency is not required, and individuals will not be required to present a library card to access test kits.
Can I go to the library to get a test if I have symptoms?
If you have symptoms, you should not go inside your library’s building. Use your
library’s contactless distribution option or have someone pick up the test on your behalf.
You should always wear a mask if you go to a library to pick up a test, regardless of
whether you have symptoms. If you are ill, VDH recommends that you seek care from
your healthcare provider.
Can I take the test at the library?
Taking the test inside the library is not allowed because of the risk of exposing others to COVID-19 and biohazardous materials. Your library may have Wi-Fi in the parking lot that you could use for a virtual testing session outside of the library. Dispose of used kits in your home garbage.
How many tests can I take home?
As supplies are available, VDH recommends taking the number of tests that you need, within your library’s guidelines. If multiple people in your household need a COVID-19 test, we recommend taking a test for each person who needs one. You should have a
plan to use the test kits you receive within two weeks to avoid wastage if they expire.
What equipment do I need to take the eMed-proctored BinaxNOW COVID-19
Antigen Card Home Tests?
You will need the following:
- an internet connection
- an internet-enabled device (computer, mobile phone, or tablet) with a webcam or
front-facing camera, microphone, speaker, and supported browser for the testing
- a valid photo ID to show the eMed telehealth proctor
If you do not have a strong internet connection at home, ask your library staff if Wi-Fi is available in the parking lot or if they have a Wi-Fi hotspot you could check out. Do not take the test within the library itself. For information on supported browsers, go to
https://www.emed.com/technical-requirements. Valid forms of ID include driver’s license.