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Abbot BinaxNOW COVID-19 Testing

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DOD) recently announced an initiative to deliver 150 million Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Point of Care (POC) SARS-CoV-2 rapid diagnostic tests to schools and other strategic environments. Over the course of the school year, Massachusetts will obtain approximately 2 million tests for use in priority settings including but not limited to public districts, charter schools, educational collaboratives, and approved special education schools.

Phase I is intended for districts and schools providing any type of in-person instruction, such as full-in person or hybrid instructional models or in-person services for high needs students. The selection of districts and schools participating in Phase 1 has already occurred. If your school or district was not selected to participate in Phase 1, please look out for additional communications regarding additional participation that will be sent out in regard to future phases.

Questions can be directed to Lauren Woo , Director of the Office of Strategic Transformation.

Documents for Schools Participating in Phase 1:

Additional Information:

Last Updated: November 24, 2020

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