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WINTER QUARTER, 2022 - Available 24/7

TCC Research Chat will be staffed by a TCC librarian during these times:

Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Closed: January 17, February 21.

Our chat service will be staffed by non-TCC librarians at all other times. 

COVID-19 Safe Start: "Do more by knowing more" free mini-course

In collaboration with TCC's Safe Start "Combatting COVID-19 Together" task force, your TCC Library is offering a free, non-credit, mini-course that provides reliable information about COVID-19.

Course content is intended to empower you and others to make informed decisions based on up-to-date facts so we can all have a safe start, and do more by knowing more.

Click the course flier below, or the link below, to get started! Ask your instructors if they are participating in offering extra credit for completion of this course.

image of the flier for the safe start covid-19 mini course - click on the image to enroll in this free course.

Free COVID-19 self-administered tests available at TCC

TCC's COVID-19 Safe Start strategy includes masking, distancing, vaccination, and encouraging testing.

Beginning 1/14/2022, TCC Library has partnered with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to provide free self-administered COVID-19 rapid antigen tests to any student, staff, or faculty who needs one.*

Limit of one kit per person. While supplies last. We encourage you to call first to check on availability. (253) 566-5087

image of covid test kit flier, rapid antigen tests are currently available in the tcc library and the t

*We have previously carried self-administered PCR tests, but these are currently unavailable to us. At this time, 1/13/2022, the TCC Food Pantry and the Gig Harbor Campus has a small number of self-administered PCR tests still available.

What type of test is this? This is a rapid antigen test. It tests for the presence of specific proteins unique to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The benefit of these tests is that you can get results fast, within minutes. The limitations of these tests is that they rely on a large viral load in order to be able to detect the proteins, so false negatives can be possible especially in the early stages of an infection. 

PCR tests detect SARS-CoV-2 viral genetic material in someone infected with the virus. This is what is known as a "molecular" test, and are effective with a lower viral load than rapid antigen tests; PCR tests take between 3 and 5 days to get results, but are highly reliable. (We are not currently able to obtain these tests.)

Neither of these tests test for anti-bodies that would be present in a person who has recovered from COVID-19.

Learn more about COVID-19 tests in this short learning module.

Travel: If you need proof of a negative test, please make sure that you know what kinds of tests are acceptable for your purposes This can be a little complicated, so research carefully. For travel, some destinations or airlines accept only specific types of tests. Here is an example of travel requirements: CanadaRemember, what is required today, may be different tomorrow, so always check for updates when you have travel plans.

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