Pikes Peak Library District began distributing rapid COVID-19 tests to the public on Wednesday, March 2. This includes a total of 13,500 test kits, along with thousands of N95 masks (not KN95) and surgical-grade masks.
The free test kits and masks are available for pickup on a first-come, first-served basis at all open library locations across El Paso County. Each PPLD location received 900 test kits to hand out.
There is a limit of two test kits and five masks per person. Individuals must be present for pickup but do not need to show any identification or have a library card.
The Manitou Springs Library, 515 Manitou Ave., is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave., is open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
The over-the-counter antigen rapid tests come from iHealth Labs to administer at-home, and each test kit includes two tests. The tests provide results within 15 minutes; instructions are included on the box in English and available online in Spanish.