Binax At-Home COVID-19 Test: How To – Pitkin County COVID-19 Response & Recovery

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Binax At-Home Tests

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has begun distributing over the counter BinaxNow rapid antigen COVID-19 tests directly to the home of Coloradans. To read more about the program as well as how to order tests, please read more here.

Q: What is BinaxNow?

A: BinaxNow is a COVID-19 antigen test that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Antigen tests detect COVID-19 viral proteins on samples in order to determine if someone currently has the virus. Samples are collected via a self-administered nasal swab and results are available in 15 minutes.

Q: When should I use the BinaxNow at home?

A: BinaxNow home tests are best performed twice weekly as part of a serial testing effort by the individual. This serial testing effort allows individuals to detect an infection quickly, thus reducing the risk of transmitting the virus to others and being able to access essential care earlier. These tests can also be used to test symptomatic individuals to determine if someone has an active COVID-19 infection.

Q: What should I do if my test is negative?

A: If you BinaxNow at home test is negative and you are not experiencing symptoms, you can continue with your day to day activities. If you are symptomatic but test negative with the BinaxNow at home test, you should continue to isolate (click here for guidance) and seek out PCR testing to verify results. You can find testing resources in Pitkin County here.

Q: What should I do if my test is positive?

A: If your BinaxNow at home test comes back positive, this is a true positive and you should isolate for at least 10 days from the date your symptoms started. Click here for isolation guidance.

You may also contact your medical provider to discuss possible treatment options. If you are experiencing a medical emergency please call 911. You should then report your result through the Colorado Binax Reporting hub, here. This is the best way to notify the local Public Health department of your positive result and receive further recommendations and support options. There is further information available from CDPHE here.

Finally, think about a list of individuals that you believe you have been in close contact with in order to share that information with a Pitkin County contact tracer when they get in touch with you about next steps. Close contact is defined as someone who you have been within 6 feet of for more than 15 minutes.