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Free COVID-19 at-home tests available throughout county

Jamie Lusch/Mail Tribune The public can get free rapid-result COVID-19 tests at many libraries, fire departments and other locations in Jackson County.
Libraries, other sites distributing test kits

Librarians, firefighters and police are helping to get free rapid-result, at-home COVID-19 test kits to the public in all corners of Jackson County, from the Applegate Valley to upper Rogue River towns.

Jackson County Public Health said it has been working feverishly with community partners to make sure that testing kits are available throughout the county, not just at one location.

Last week Jackson County Public Health received 29,430 testing kits from the Oregon Health Authority to distribute to the public.

“We are very grateful to the community partners that are collaborating with us to distribute the COVID-19 home test kits to the public,” said Jackson Baures, public health division manager for Jackson County Public Health. “We have partnered with community-based organizations, some first responders and the Jackson County library system.”

The partners include libraries, fire and police stations, a church and businesses.

On Friday, Jackson County Public Health announced a list of locations where people can pick up free tests. The list is not comprehensive because other community organizations have asked for at-home test kits from OHA to provide to people they serve directly.

Updates on test-kit distribution spots will be posted on the Jackson County Health and Human Services website at jacksoncountyor.org/hhs. People can also call 211 for information.

Jackson County libraries will be open one hour before their regular library operations begin on the days when kits are distributed.

Pick-up locations are:

  • Applegate Library, 18485 N. Applegate Road, 1-2 p.m. Tuesday and Friday; 9-10 a.m. Wednesday and Saturday
  • Ashland Police Department, 1155 E. Main St., 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Ashland Fire Station No. 1, 455 Siskiyou Blvd., 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., 9-10 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday
  • Butte Falls City Hall, 431 Broad St., 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Butte Falls library, 626 Fir Ave., 9-10 a.m. Tuesday; 11 a.m. to noon Thursday
  • Central Point library, 116 S. Third St., 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; 11 a.m. to noon Saturday
  • Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St., 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; 11 a.m. to noon Saturday
  • Gold Hill library, 202 Dardanelles St., 9-10 a.m. Monday; 1-2 p.m. Wednesday; noon to 1 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to noon Saturday
  • Jacksonville library, 340 W. C St., 9-10 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to noon Thursday
  • Sunshine Plaza, 7380 Highway 238, Jacksonville, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday
  • Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., 9-10 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; 11 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday
  • Phoenix library, 510 W. First St., 10-11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday; noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m. to noon Saturday
  • Prospect library, 150 Mill Creek Drive, 9-10 a.m. Wednesday and Saturday, noon to 1 p.m. Friday
  • Upper Rogue Rural Action Team, 300 Mill Creek Drive, Prospect, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact 541-560-4075
  • Prospect Rural Fire Protection District, 276 Mill Creek Drive, before 8 a.m. and after 5 p.m. Call the nonemergency line.
  • Prospect Nazarene Church, 471 Mill Creek Drive, noon to 2 p.m. on the second and fourth Friday of the month. Call 541-560-3665
  • Prospect Historic Hotel, 391 Mill Creek Drive. Call 541-560-3664 to arrange a pick-up
  • Rogue River library, 412 E. Main St., 9-10 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday; noon to 1 p.m. Thursday
  • Ruch library, 7919 Highway 238, 9-10 a.m. Tuesday; noon to 1 p.m. Thursday; 10-11 a.m. Saturday
  • Shady Cove library, 22477 Highway 62, 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday; 1-2 p.m. Wednesday; 9-10 a.m. Friday
  • Talent library, 101 Home St., 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday and Thursday
  • White City library, 3143 Avenue C, No. 1443, 10-11 a.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 11 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Jackson County Public Health said the rapid-result COVID-19 tests don’t work well on people who have no symptoms. With tests in short supply, the department is asking people to use the test only if they don’t feel well or if they know they’ve been exposed.

Test within seven days of first feeling sick if you have COVID-19 symptoms, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle pain, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, runny nose or congestion. If you are symptomatic and the first test is negative, repeat the test after one or two days, Jackson County Public Health advised.

If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and were within 6 feet of the person for at least 15 minutes, test five days after exposure, health officials said.

The iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test kits can be used on anyone 2 years and older. To ensure testing is done properly, adults should perform the nasal-swab test on children 15 and younger, health officials said.

If you do test positive or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, assume you are contagious. Stay home and away from others, even those in your own household, for at least five days. Go out only if you need to seek medical care, health officials said.

Tell your close contacts that you have or believe you have COVID-19.

Because of the high volume of cases, Jackson County Public Health is no longer doing contact tracing of close contacts of COVID-19 positive cases, so it’s up to you to let them know, health officials said.

Call, email or text people with whom you were in close proximity starting two days before your symptoms began. You should recommend that they quarantine at home. The sooner you let your contacts know, the sooner they can take action to stop the spread, health officials said.

A close contact is someone who was within six feet of you for more than 15 minutes during your period of transmissibility. This time does not have to be consecutive and is cumulative over a 24-hour period.

Your period of transmissibility generally starts 48 hours before you began to experience symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ask your medical provider if treatment is right for you. Early treatments are the most effective, so talk to your provider as soon as possible. For treatment information, visit the OHA website at govstatus.egov.com/or-oha-covid-19-treatments.

The state has set up a COVID-19 case support hotline at 1-866-917-8881 and a website at oregon.gov/positivecovidtest for people to voluntarily self-report a positive test result from an at-home test kit. People can also get advice via the hotline or website.