COVID-19 testing at home program for Colorado schools

Last updated February 1, 2021.

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Colorado is distributing 2 million tests directly to the homes of educators, staff, and selected students from public school districts, charter schools, private schools, and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) from across the state. This effort supports the state’s ongoing commitment to provide resources to control and stop the spread of the virus.  

Developed by Abbott, the BinaxNOW test recently received Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to be used with digital health guidance for self-collection in individuals age 15 and older, and for adult collection in children age 4-14 years. For more information on BinaxNOW, view our resources for LPHAs and health care providers.

The need for additional and increased testing was one of the primary recommendations included in the “Roadmap to In-Person Learning” report published by the “Back-to-School Working Group,” consisting of education experts and public health officials from across the state.

 

How it will work

Step 1

Districts or schools opt into the program, identify who from their learning community is eligible. 

Step 2

Eligible educators, staff and students who request a test can order the kit to be shipped directly to their homes, via an online portal.

Step 3

Upon receiving a test kit, individuals will log onto a telehealth portal and receive guided instruction by a trained representative from eMed, one of the nation’s leading digital health providers.

Ongoing:

BinaxNOW Ag Card test kits include 6 tests. FDA and CDPHE recommends administering the tests every 5 days when used for ongoing screening.

 

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