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COVID-19 Test Kits for Organizations

CCDPH has free COVID-19 test BinaxNOWTM and iHealthTM COVID-19 test kits for select organizations for distribution to vulnerable and high-risk populations based on: COVID-19 surveillance data for suburban Cook County, CCDPH’s COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index, and State and Federal guidance.

COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Request Form

Organizations in suburban Cook County who are currently testing or have the capacity to use rapid antigen testing for COVID-19 are encouraged to request rapid point-of-care tests (BinaxNOW™ and iHealth™ COVID-19 tests) using the CCDPH COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Request Form .

Organizations should submit one application per site ( application per school, one application per hospital, etc.).

Please submit test requests as needed, but no more than one time per week.

Please note:

  • Organizations may not get the requested amount of test kits.
  • The amount of test kits allocated is subject to available resources and CCDPH’s resource prioritization process.
  • Recipients are currently expected to pick up their supply from a location in Oak Forest. If this is not possible, please contact CCDPH.
  • Applications are only accepted for sites in suburban Cook County. Sites in the city of Chicago and sites in suburban Cook County areas with their own state-certified health department (Evanston, Oak Park, and Stickney Township) should submit to their respective health department.

COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Materials Provided Per Kit

BinaxNOW Materials Provided Per Kit:

  • Test Cards (2): A cardboard, book-shaped hinged test card containing the test strip
  • Extraction Reagent (2)
  • Nasal Swabs (2): Sterile swabs for use with BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card test
  • Product Insert (1)

iHealth Materials Provided Per Kit:

  • COVID-19 Test Card(s) (2 per box)
  • Nasal Swab(s) (2 per box)
  • Tube(s) (2 per box)
  • Lay User Instruction for Use (1 per box)

Training Resources

Below are training resources for use of COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test:

For more information, email: [email protected]

About the BinaxNOW™ and iHealth™ COVID-19 Tests

The BinaxNOW™ and iHealth™ COVID-19 tests are lateral flow tests that detect the presence of protein antigens from SARS-CoV-2 in individuals suspected of COVID-19 within the first seven days of symptom onset. These U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-authorized diagnostic tests do not require any instrumentation to test the samples and instead determine a COVID-19 negative or positive result in about 15 minutes using a test card.

The FDA has extended the expiration dates:

Updated January 26, 2023, 4:35 PM