COVID-19 take-home rapid test kits available at some public libraries

Free while supplies last at 8 libraries in Dade, 3 in Broward

Miami-Dade and Broward counties are distributing free COVID-19 take-home rapid test on Saturday morning at some public libraries.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Miami-Dade and Broward counties are distributing free COVID-19 take-home rapid test on Saturday morning at some public libraries.

Miami-Dade County started distributing them at 7:30 a.m. at eight public libraries. Broward County will start at 10 a.m. at three public libraries.

“We are doing everything possible to meet the increase in demand for testing as our residents seek to protect themselves and their families,” Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said in a statement adding the county has distributed about 225,000 take-home rapid test kits.

Officials warned the distribution will continue while supplies last. In Miami-Dade, there will be a limit of up to two tests per household.

Points of distribution in Miami-Dade

  • Hispanic Branch Library at 1398 SW First St.
  • Kendale Lakes Branch Library at 15205 SW 88 St.
  • Miami Beach Regional Library at 227 22nd St.
  • Miami Lakes Branch Library at 6699 Windmill Gate Rd.
  • Naranja Branch Library at 14850 SW 280 St.
  • North Dade Regional Library at 2455 NW 183 St. in Miami Gardens.
  • Northeast Dade - Aventura Branch at 2930 Aventura Blvd.
  • Westchester Regional Library at 9445 Coral Way.

For instructions on how to use the test, visit this page. For more information about the tests, e-mail customercare@mdpls.org.

Points of distribution in Broward

  • Margate Catherine Young Library at 5810 Park Dr.
  • South Regional/Broward College Library at 7300 Pines Blvd., in Pembroke Pines
  • Tyrone Bryant Branch Library at 2230 NW 21st Ave., in Fort Lauderdale.
Miami-Dade and Broward counties will be distributing at-home COVID-19 tests at some public libraries.

Supply of tests

Last month, President Joe Biden announced the federal government was going to buy and distribute 500 million at-home COVID-19 tests. Biden said Americans would be able to order the test online and get it delivered to their homes.

The Biden administration will require private insurance companies to start covering the cost of the tests on Jan. 15. People will have to apply for a reimbursement.


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