Distribution of Abbott BinaxNow COVID-19 Antigen Tests

Lisa Volk and Tarrah Quinlan in Clinical & Quality

To facilitate the increased testing of nursing home staff in New York State, the New York State Department of Health (Department) will begin distributing Abbott BinaxNow COVID-19 antigen tests directly to nursing homes. These tests are to be used to perform a second weekly test of all staff.  The number of tests being provided to each nursing home is based on the total number of staff that was reported to the Department. Tests will be allocated on a monthly basis with the first delivery occurring within a week. 

If your facility does not want to receive Abbott BinaxNow COVID-19 antigen tests from the Department at this time, please respond to this email, covid19rapidtest@health.ny.gov, immediately informing them that you do not want to receive these tests. Please use the subject line BinaxNOW tests declined. 

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

Tarrah Quinlan, RN, BSN
Director of Education Program Development and Member Operations
518-462-4800 x20