North Carolina to get nearly 3.2M BinaxNOW virus tests

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says it’s sending nearly 3.2 million rapid coronavirus tests to North Carolina.

The Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 point of care antigen tests can diagnose coronavirus infection in as little as fifteen minutes.

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The department said Monday the tests will be distributed at the discretion of Gov. Roy Cooper to support testing K-12 students, teachers, nursing home patients and staff, higher education, critical infrastructure, first responders, and other priorities.

As of Oct. 26, more than 1.3 million BinaxNOW tests have been shipped to North Carolina.