Colorado launches rapid home COVID-19 test program for some schools

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Published: Jan. 6, 2021 at 6:44 PM MST
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DENVER Colo. (KKTV) - Colorado now has a new tool in the battle against COVID-19.

On Wednesday, the Colorado State Joint Information Center shared details on a new program aimed at keeping the coronavirus out of schools. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) developed an at-home COVID-19 testing program for teachers, staff, and selected students at participating schools.

“Colorado is one of three states with early access to the home-use BinaxNOW program,” a news release from the Join Information Center reads. “CDPHE has contracted with a digital health provider, eMed, to provide BinaxNOW home test kits for use via a virtually guided telehealth session. At-home testing reduces the staffing, personal protective equipment (PPE), and reporting burden on school health officials and is more convenient for educators and students. Results are available within 15 minutes of collecting a nasal swab sample. Individuals age 15 and older may collect their own samples with assistance from the eMed proctor, while children age 4-14 may have samples collected by an adult.”

Those who participate will utilize a web portal to order the tests, which will be shipped directly to their home.

As of Wednesday, the BinaxNOW tests are not available in all school districts, but CDPHE is working to change that. School leaders interested in participating should complete a short survey by clicking here.

Communication on if a school district is taking part will be handled by school leadership.

Click here for more on BinaxNOW from the FDA.

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