HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health has started to distribute the first allotment of 250,000 COVID-19 antigen test kits.
These kits will be distributed to Clinal Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA institutions across the state. The DOH is starting with the following counties: Bradford, Centre, Lebanon, Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill and Snyder.
Antigen tests can be considered for symptomatic individuals (within the first five to seven days of symptom onset depending upon the test) in settings where there is a high probability that the individual or population to be tested is positive, according to the DOH.
The following places can be considered CLIA-certified sites:
- Long-Term Care Facilities;
- Personal care homes and Assisted Living/Intermediate Care facilities;
- Higher-education institutions;
- Drug and Alcohol and Behavioral Health treatment centers;
- State and county correctional facilities;
- Healthcare providers:
- Federally Qualified Health Centers;
- Urgent Care Centers;
- Pharmacies; and
- Primary Care doctors.
“Antigen test cards are a timely, quick and easy-to-use tool for communities to receive rapid COVID-19 testing,” Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Antigen tests look for pieces of proteins that make up the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the virus that causes COVID-19, and are another tool in our testing toolkit to help quickly identify cases.”
The DOH said that a positive antigen test result counts as a COVID-19 cast and receives a complete case investigation, along with contact tracing.