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Abbott 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.

School Health Trainings:

DPH's School Health Unit is hosting train-the-trainer sessions for school nurses and other school health professionals. The training consists of an approximately 30 minute presentation by Abbott staff, followed by an anterior nasal swabbing demonstration by the MDPH Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences Sr. Public Health Nursing Advisor, and concludes with school nurses performing an anterior nasal swab return demonstration and performing the point of care test with the BinaxNOW card. Additional trainings have been scheduled. To sign up for one of the future trainings, please go to the BU Shield website. (Please note: you may participate only if you have your BinaxNOW kits shipped and on-hand. You will be unregistered if our records show you have not yet been shipped test kits.)

Documents for Schools Participating in Phase 1:

Project Beacon Resources

For questions regarding the Project Beacon software system, please call their hotline at 617-741-7310 or email them at

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Last Updated: January 13, 2021

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