The chamber has received 179 BinaxNow test kits from Abbott Labs, according to Chamber Communications Manager Keith King. The program is the result of a partnership between the chamber and the Texas Department of Emergency Management.
Each kit includes 40 nasal-swab tests and one bottle of solution. Results are delivered within 15 minutes. The kits are available to businesses while supplies last, according to information on the chamber’s website. The chamber also received masks to distribute with the kits, King said.
“These businesses, who are the backbone of our vibrant economy in McKinney, continue to face difficulties,” McKinney Chamber President and CEO Lisa Hermes said. “We hope, by participating in this program, that we can ease some worries businesses or their customers may have about the spread of COVID-19 in the community.”
Businesses interested in receiving the kits may apply by filling out a form at this link. The chamber will reach out to qualifying businesses with more information. One person from each organization is required to complete an online training course that certifies them to become a test administrator. The business must also promise to report results to the Texas Department of Emergency Management, according to the chamber website.
This initiative, known as the COVID-19 Small Business Rapid Testing Program, began in December and was spearheaded by Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Division of Emergency Management. For more information on the program, visit this link.