The Enumclaw library is passing out free rapid at-home COVID tests, so long as they’re in supply.
According to the branch’s operations manager Chris Mezek, the King County Library System has partnered with Public Health — Seattle & King County to help the public get access to these tests, which have become a rarity in department stores.
The Enumclaw library was chosen to receive these tests, along with the Federal Way, Renton Highland, and five other branches, due to these areas “have[ing] been hit hardest by COVID-19” in terms of “higher numbers of infections and lower rates of vaccinations,” said Sarah Thomas, KCLS’ public relations specialist.
Jan. 14 is the first day of the program; Mezek said the Enumclaw library will put out tests as soon as the branch opens, and will leave them out until they’re gone.
You do not need a library card to receive a test; those that obtain a kit are asked to limit themselves to two per household.
Tests are passed out on a first come, first serve, bases — tests will not be reserved.
It’s unclear how quickly the branch’s supply of tests will refill once the kits run out.
The Enumclaw library will also be hosting vaccination events next month.
According to Mezek, the first event will be Feb. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
The Mmoderna, Pfizer, and J&J vaccines will be available, as well as the pediatric Pfizer dose for children.
There will be limited slots for walk-ins, and you are highly encouraged to pre-register by going to https://prepmod.doh.wa.gov//
Mezek added there will likely be several more vaccination events later in February and possibly March.
Masks and social distancing will be required at the event.