RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY) — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is sending 3,150,000 state-of-the-art Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 point of care antigen tests to North Carolina.
The rapid point of care tests, which can diagnose coronavirus infection in as little as fifteen minutes, will be distributed to support testing in the state.
As of October 26 over 1,320,000 BinaxNOW tests have been shipped to North Carolina.
“To facilitate the continued re-opening of North Carolina schools, businesses and 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,” said Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett Giroir, MD.
In preliminary feedback, the State of North Carolina shared the BinaxNOW tests are being sent to counties with >5% positivity rate and allowing their local health departments to determine where tests should be sent. The state is recommending a focus on local schools, outbreaks, and high-risk congregate settings.