MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: The Trump Administration has already shipped over 415,000 COVID-19 rapid tests directly to nursing homes, assisted living facilities and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in Alabama. As of October 26 over 759,000 BinaxNOW tests have been shipped to Alabama.
Over the next few months Alabama will get a million more rapid COVID-19 tests.
Governor Kay Ivey thanked President Trump, Vice President Pence and the administration for supplying the state with the Abbott Laboratories BinaxNow rapid tests.
Department of Public Health will be receiving the shipments in phases during the next few months. The initial shipment will be approximately 96,000 tests.
According to the governor’s office the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is in the process of determining utilization of these rapid tests for COVID-19 and expects to provide more information once planning is complete.
Governor Ivey issued the following statement thanking the Trump Administration:
“Before we knew much about this novel virus and before we had our first confirmed case in Alabama, President Trump and his Administration have been diligent in providing any additional resources that we needed in our state. These rapid response tests are going to be a welcome resource as we work to get our students back in the classroom and Alabamians back to work,” Governor Ivey said. “As we anticipate a successful vaccine in the near future, providing Alabamians – especially our students and vulnerable citizens – with this free resource will be another critical tool in the toolbox to combat COVID-19.”