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COVID-19 Test Kit Distribution Event

FCPH is giving out free at home test kits to test yourself and your family before you go and test Aunt Martha’s pie!


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If you or someone you know is experiencing the emergency warning signs for COVID-19, seek emergency medical care immediately. Some signs include persistent pain or pressure in the chest, severe difficulty/trouble breathing, confusion, bluish lips or face, inability to wake or stay awake.

CDC Self-Checker


If the Self-Checker module doesn’t work, please visit the CDC’s website.

Where Can I Be Tested?

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At Home Rapid Test Kits

Request BinaxNOW At-Home Rapid Test Kits

Franklin County Public Health, in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Franklin County Emergency Management Agency (FCEMA), are making BinaxNOW At-Home Rapid Test Kits available for distribution to our community partners. There is no cost for the test kits to the agency. The kits can be distributed to the general public, individuals that the agency serves and employees of the organization. Or, you can request test kits with this form.

Individuals looking for a test kit should check the interactive map to the left to see where you can pick up a Rapid Test Kit today.

Who should get tested?

Man getting his temperature taken while in his car by a healthcare professional wearing personal protective equipment (PPE)The following people should get tested for COVID-19:

      • People who have symptoms of COVID-19.
      • People who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19 should be tested to check for infection:
        • Fully vaccinated people should be tested 5–7 days after their last exposure.
        • People who are not fully vaccinated should get tested immediately when they find out they are a close contact. If their test result is negative, they should get tested again 5–7 days after their last exposure or immediately if symptoms develop.

Who does not need to be tested?

The following people who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 do not need to get tested if they do not have COVID-19 symptoms:


What is the difference between a diagnostic (or PCR) test and antibody testing?

What it does: Doctors use this test to diagnose people who are currently sick with COVID-19.

How it works: This test uses a sample of mucus typically taken from a person’s nose or throat. The test may also work on saliva — that’s under investigation. It looks for the genetic material of the coronavirus. The test uses a technology called PCR (polymerase chain reaction), which greatly amplifies the viral genetic material if it is present. That material is detectable when a person is actively infected.

COVID-19 Testing Guidance FAQ from ODH

What it does: Antibody tests identify people who have previously been infected with the coronavirus. They do not show whether a person is currently infected. This is primarily a good way to track the spread of the coronavirus through a population.

How it works: This is a blood test. It looks for antibodies to the coronavirus. Your body produces antibodies in response to an infectious agent such as a virus. These antibodies generally arise after four days to more than a week after infection, so they are not used to diagnose current disease.