Free At-Home COVID Tests Kits and N95 Masks Available on Friday

Updated: Feb 28

Knox Co.- The Knox Community Health Center is holding an event tomorrow, Friday, February 25th where they are handing out FREE COVID self-test kits from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. or while supplies last. Tests kits will be limited to two kits per household and each kit contains two tests. They are also giving away FREE N-95 masks until supplies are exhausted. The event is being held at the Knox County Health Department/Knox Community Health Center, located at 1361 W. Fremont St., Galesburg, west door entrance.


The Quidel Quick Vue at Home OTC COVID-19 Test is a rapid results test that can be used in the privacy of your own home. The test can be used within six days of onset of symptoms. It can also be used on individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 but are not showing symptoms. Tests are recommended for those 14 and older but can be administered on children as young as two by an adult.

The Quidel Quick Vue at Home OTC COVID-19 Test can effectively detect Omicron and other variants of the virus that causes COVID-19.

If your test is positive:

  • The test detected the virus, and you have an infection.

  • Stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home.

  • Tell your close contacts.

  • Wear a well-fitted mask when around others. If available, a N95 or KN95 respirator is recommended.

  • Watch for symptoms. If you have any emergency warning signs, seek emergency care immediately.

  • Tell your healthcare provider. Contact them as soon as possible if:

  • Your symptoms get worse.

  • You are more likely to get very sick because you are an older adult or have an underlying medical condition. Possible treatment may be available for you.

  • You have questions about your isolation.

If your test is negative:

  • The test did not detect the virus but doesn’t rule out an infection.

  • Some self-tests are designed to be used in a series (also known as serial testing). Consider repeating the test 24 to 48 hours later. Multiple negative tests increase the confidence that you are not infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.

As the statewide mask mandate is set to be lifted on Monday, February 28th, there will still be locations where masks will be required including health care facilities, long term care facilities, congregate settings (prisons, shelter, etc.) and public transportation (airports, planes, trains, and buses). Also, area businesses have the right to still require masks.

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