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  • Pima County Health Department and Public Library expand at-home COVID test distribution program

    Sep 01, 2022 | Read More News
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    At-home covid 19 test kits displayed in a stackPIMA COUNTY, September 1, 2022 – The Pima County Health Department and Pima County Public Library are expanding their COVID-19 test distribution efforts to increase availability and ensure county residents continue to have access to free and convenient tests.

    “The library is the best place to connect people with information and resources, particularly when it comes to public health,” said Michelle Simon, deputy director of support services for the Pima County Public Library. “The distribution of COVID-19 test kits, in partnership with the Pima County Health Department, is a valuable part of our effort to help create a healthy community.”

    The Library worked with the Health Department to identify 12 locations that will act as permanent test distribution sites during their normal hours of operation. The branches are scattered across the County; tests will be available as long as supplies last. They are:
    • Flowing Wells Library, 1730 W. Wetmore Rd.
    • Frank De La Cruz-El Pueblo Library, 101 W. Irvington Rd. #12
    • Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
    • Joyner-Green Valley Library, 601 N. La Cañada Dr.
    • Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Dr.
    • Quincie Douglas Library, 1585 E. 36th St.
    • Richard Elías-Mission Library, 3770 S. Mission Rd.
    • Sam Lena-South Tucson Library, 1607 S. 6th Ave.
    • Santa Rosa Library, 1075 S. 10th Ave.
    • Valencia Library, 202 W. Valencia Rd.
    • W. Anne Gibson-Esmond Station Library, 10931 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way
    • Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library, 7800 N. Schisler Dr.
    The sites also can be found at www.pima.gov/covid19testing.

    The expansion of at-home COVID-19 test distribution in Pima County is being funded by a federal grant aimed at addressing health disparities as part of the Health Department’s efforts to combat the racial, ethnic, and income disparities in public health identified as a result of the pandemic. That funding is more important than ever, given that the federal government is preparing to pause their free COVID-19 at-home test distribution program on Sept. 2.

    “We all have to adjust to navigating COVID-19, but it’s something that is here to stay,” said Eddie Diaz, health disparities program manager. “Having access to free, at home-test kits is one of the many tools we can use to mitigate COVID-19, especially in communities that are historically under resourced. Together, we can take care of our community.”

    The Health Department has also provided instructions on how to administer and report the results of your at-home test in as many as 13 different languages in order to serve all residents of Pima County. To find those instructions and report the results of your test, whether it was positive or negative, use the links found here.