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HHS sending NYS more than 5M rapid COVID-19 tests

HHS sending NYS more than 5M rapid COVID-19 tests Photo: Abbott.

WHECTV
Created: October 26, 2020 05:03 PM

NEW YORK (WHEC) — New York State will receive more than 5 million rapid COVID-19 tests from the federal government.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is sending 5.85 million Abbott BinaxNOW to New York.

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The tests can diagnose COVID-19 in as little as 15 minutes.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will distribute them to K-12 students, teachers, nursing home patients and staff, colleges and universities, critical infrastructure, first responders and other priority groups.

More than 1.57 million of the tests have shipped as of Monday.

The Abbott BinaxNOW test was approved for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration in August. News10NBC Investigative Reporter Jennifer Lewke found out it was tested in Rochester.


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