More details about the free at-home COVID test kits

Free At-Home COVID-19 (Antigen) Test Kits

Plumas County Public Health began making free at-home COVID-19 test kits to the general public last week. The tests were provided by the state or purchased by Public Health through a grant. Public Health worked with other county departments and local non-profit organizations to assist with providing multiple locations in four main communities: Quincy, Portola, Greenville and Chester.

Free at-home tests kits will continue to be available while supplies last; hopefully through February. Locations should receive more test kits once a week. Locations for distribution of free in-home test kits may change, so please go to county website

The purpose of the at-home test kits is to make it easier for the general public to determine if an individual has COVID-19 and take appropriate action. This is important because people infected with the COVID-19 virus may have very mild or no symptoms.
The at-home test kits may be used for the following reasons:

  • If you have been exposed (close contact) to a positive individual. Close contacts should test as soon as symptoms develop or five days from last contact.
  • Prior to attending a gathering or other event
  • Prior to traveling (day before) or return from traveling (3-5 days after return)
  • If experiencing COVID symptoms (do not go into public places to get a test, instead ask a friend to pick one up or order from an on-line business)
  • Day five after a previous positive test, if symptoms are not present or symptoms have lessened with no fever

    If an individual tests positive, they:

  • Should isolate and NOT leave their residence unless they test negative after five days or have completed the ten-day isolation period.
  • Should NOT go into public places, even with a face mask. If an in-home COVID test is needed during the isolation period, order it on-line from a business OR have someone else pick it.
  • Notify close contacts: a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before symptoms appeared (or, for patients who do not have symptoms, 2 days prior to their test) until the time the patient is isolated.
  • Continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others for a total of 10 days.
  • Contact their healthcare provider as soon as possible if they have symptoms and are over 65 or have other medical conditions to discuss whether they might benefit from medical n treatment (anti-viral or monoclonal treatment).

    For more information go to county website