|December 23, 2020
BinaxNOW DHHS Guidance Update
The state has released updated guidance regarding the use of BinaxNOW Antigen Test cards. Due to increased prevalence throughout the state of Maine, they have made two changes to the Guidance for the approved use of BinaxNOW in Maine.
The major change is that they will no longer recommend a PCR test to confirm a positive BinaxNOW Antigen test in a symptomatic individual.
In addition, we they no longer recommend a PCR test to confirm a positive BinaxNOW Antigen test when used for serial testing of asymptomatic critical infrastructure. As a reminder, under this scenario, critical infrastructure who are identified as a close contact of a confirmed case are serially tested to allow them to continue to work as long as they remain negative on the test. Critical infrastructure workers are limited to the following categories: Healthcare Workers, Education and First Responders.
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