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BinaxNOW works to increase production of rapid COVID tests to meet demand

One of the new governor’s requirements right before school began was to require schools to have the ability to test staff members and students.

If a staff member is vaccinated they need to be tested weekly, but guidance is not clear on how often students need to undergo testing.

Ontario County districts have decided to do a pool testing system with unvaccinated staff and students.


There are enough rapid tests now, according to Mary Beer, but they may need more down the line.

She went on to say that colleges are doing this as well, and that supplies of tests aren’t an issue currently.

BinaxNOW is a cheap version of the rapid test and could be found at pharmacies like Walgreens, but are now sold out.

The manufacturing company has started working harder to produce more and meet demand.



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