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COVID Testing for Schools

with Abbott BinaxNOW™ & the Navica™ Mobile App

With the prospect of kids returning to school, we know you will have questions.

We’re here to help answer them.

 

Nobility Health is equipped and staffed to set up and perform COVID testing, on-site, whenever and wherever needed. We offer drive-thru or walk-up testing and will tailor all services to meet your school’s specific needs.

Nobility utilizes the latest and most advanced technologies available to ensure the safety, well-being, and peace-of-mind of your school’s staff and students.

For more information, watch our presentation to school administrators, read the article “Parents, Schools: BinaxNOW™ Offers COVID-19 Answers,” download informational PDFs on the BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card and Navica™ App, and read through the FAQs at the bottom of the page.

Questions? Call us at 818.979.9899.

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents + Schools

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT ABBOTT'S BINAXNOW™ AG CARD TEST

Abbott has been a global leader in infectious-disease testing for many decades. We’ve been dedicated to meeting health needs since long before this pandemic, and we will be for long after. The BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card provides a fast and reliable tool for detecting active coronavirus infections.

WHAT IS THE BINAXNOW AG CARD?

BinaxNOW™ is a rapid test that detects COVID-19 antigens (the proteins that make up the virus) to help identify someone who is currently infected. It is easy-to-use, provides fast results, and can help healthcare professionals quickly identify infectious people so they can take measures to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.

Everything needed to perform the BinaxNOW™ antigen test is included in a credit-card-sized kit, which lets authorized healthcare providers (such as a school nurse) test quickly and easily.

The BinaxNOW™ test has been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration through its Emergency Use Authorization process and is intended to identify antigens from SARS-CoV-2 in a nasal swab. For complete information on the BinaxNOW test, visit https://www.fda.gov/media/141570/download.

WHAT IS AN ANTIGEN TEST?

Antigens, like the ones found in COVID-19, are proteins of a virus that can be detected during the infection cycle. Antigen tests can indicate high quantities of this protein in an active infection.

Because rapid antigen tests can help identify people when they are infectious and at the highest risk of spreading the disease, they can be a powerful tool, in addition to following other measures such as wearing a mask, hand-washing, and social distancing.

WHY IS MY SCHOOL USING RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS?

Testing, along with other important measures such as hand-washing, social distancing, and wearing masks, is fundamental to helping slow the spread of COVID-19.

Through BinaxNOW rapid antigen testing (and where applicable, our NAVICA™ app), schools will be able to more quickly identify those who are infectious and get them into quarantine per their protocols.

HOW DOES THE TEST WORK?

BinaxNOW™ is administered by a healthcare provider, such as a school nurse or a nurse practitioner, or pharmacist at a retail pharmacy. Administering the test is a simple and quick process.

BinaxNOW™ is administered as follows:

  • A nurse or healthcare professional (HCP) will be wearing a mask and gloves to give the test, to prevent the spread of germs.
  • The nurse/HCP will open the BinaxNOW Ag Card, lay it flat on a surface, and apply drops of reagent — a chemical mixture used to detect components such as COVID-19.
  • The nurse/HCP will insert a small swab into the lower part of the nasal cavity, moving the swab slightly around both nostrils. This is a less uncomfortable experience than the longer, deeper nasal swab.
  • The nurse/HCP will then place the swab into the BinaxNOW Ag Card and twirl the swab five times.
  • In 15 minutes, the result of the test will be displayed on the front of the BinaxNOW Ag card. One line indicates negative, and two lines indicate positive.
  • The results will either be sent to the NAVICA™ app (where used) or used to provide a result to your school.
WHAT IS THE NAVICA APP?

NAVICA™ is a first-of-its-kind app, available at no charge, that is designed to complement the BinaxNOW test. If available, the NAVICA™ app communicates test results and allows people who test negative to display a temporary digital “pass” that is renewed each time a person is tested. The NAVICA™ app can be downloaded from the App Store (Apple) and GooglePlay (Android). For more information on NAVICA™, visit, https://www.abbott.com/BinaxNOW-Test-NAVICA-App/NAVICA-FAQ.html.

HOW LONG IS A NEGATIVE RESULT "VALID"?

Protocols will vary by school. A negative BinaxNOW™ result means the test did not detect COVID-19 antigens that indicate someone is currently sick and potentially infectious. As with any diagnostic test, the result is based on a person’s health condition at the time of testing, and a negative result one day does not mean that a person might not become infectious (positive) later on.

If using the NAVICA™ app to display testing results, the digital pass stored in the app is designed to be temporary and expires after 7 days.

WHAT HAPPENS WITH A POSITIVE RESULT?

Protocols for notification of a positive result will vary by school.

If using the NAVICA™ app, after a positive test, users will also get a message that includes CDC guidelines recommending that they quarantine and see a doctor.

MY SCHOOL ISN'T USING THE NAVICA APP; HOW WILL I SHOW A NEGATIVE RESULT?

As protocols will vary by school, please reach out to your school administration.

WHAT IF MY SCHOOL IS USING NAVICA BUT MY CHILD DOESN'T HAVE A SMART PHONE?

Not having access to a mobile device shouldn’t be a barrier to attending school. While protocols will vary by school, common-sense methods can be used in lieu of the NAVICA™ digital pass, such as matching negative results to attendance records, offering students individual paper passes, or maintaining a paper or digital database of students and faculty who test negative.

HOW WILL STUDENTS RECEIVE ONGOING TESTS?

Protocols around testing will be determined by school.

HOW FAST ARE RESULTS AVAILABLE ON BINAXNOW?

Results are available in 15 minutes for the healthcare provider.

IS THE TEST PAINFUL?

Unlike a nasopharyngeal swab that requires the healthcare provider to insert the swab in the upper nasal cavity, these samples are taken by a nasal swab in the lower nasal cavity.

WHO WILL ADMINISTER THE TESTING AT MY SCHOOL?

This will depend on your school’s protocol. Please contact an administrator for this information.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY SCHOOL RUNS OUT OF AVAILABLE TESTS?

The federal government purchased the first 150 million Abbott BinaxNOW diagnostic tests on August 27, 2020, for distribution nationwide. Schools are developing testing protocols based on supply of testing and will determine how to administer their testing program based on testing allotment and state guidance.

WILL MY SCHOOL SHARE THE RESULTS WITH THE GOVERNMENT?

Healthcare providers in all settings are required to report COVID-19 test information and results to public health authorities, regardless of whether they use the NAVICA™ app. More information on the reporting requirements for COVID-19 testing is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/lab/reporting-lab-data.html