Over 2.5M state-of-the-art BinaxNow COVID-19 tests sent to Virginia

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FILE – This image provided by Abbott Laboratories in August 2020 shows the company’s BinaxNOW rapid COVID-19 nasal swab test. After months of struggling to ramp up coronavirus testing, the U.S. is now capable of testing some 3 million people daily thanks to a growing supply of rapid tests. But the testing boom comes with a new challenge: keeping track of the results. (Abbott Laboratories via AP)

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is sending 2,570,000 state-of-the-art Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 point of care antigen tests to the Commonwealth.

The rapid point of care tests, which can diagnose coronavirus infection in as little as fifteen minutes, will be distributed, at the discretion of Gov. Ralph Northam to support testing K-12 students, teachers, nursing home patients and staff, as well as higher education, critical infrastructure, first responders, and other priorities as the governor sees fit.

The Trump Administration has shipped over 384,000 COVID-19 rapid tests directly to congregate care settings such as Virginia nursing homes, assisted living facilities and historically Black colleges and universities in the Commonwealth.

“To facilitate the continued re-opening of Virginia schools, businesses and [the] economy, the Trump Administration has prioritized scaling up the state’s point of care testing capacity by making this $760 million national investment in BinaxNOW tests. Distributing these rapid tests directly to states is consistent with the Trump Administration’s successful, ongoing approach of testing the right person, with the right tests at the right time, is working and the effort will continue until the pandemic is under control.”

Admiral Brett Giroir, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health

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