Information for Providers Requesting Abbott BinaxNOW™ Antigen Tests - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Information for Providers Requesting Abbott BinaxNOW™ Antigen Tests

Minnesota was notified it will get Abbott BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card tests directly from the federal government. These tests will also go directly from the federal government to long-term care and assisted living settings.

The antigen test, which recently received emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card Letter of Authorization [PDF]), does not require instrumentation. It is for use with people who have symptoms and will deliver COVID-19 test results in 15 minutes or less.

As noted in the emergency use authorization, the BinaxNOW™ test must: be ordered by a health care provider; administered in a facility with a clinical laboratory improvement amendments (CLIA) certificate or a CLIA certificate of waiver; and be performed by a trained CLIA-certified laboratory staff member. These laboratories must also comply with MDH reporting requirements for test results.

Please read MDH guidance on using the test and the requirements for providers requesting the test, including priority populations:

Resources from Abbott:

For questions about the BinaxNOW™ Ag Card for COVID-19 antigen testing or NAVICA™, a new mobile app that Abbott designed to pair with the test, contact the Abbott Technical Services Team:

BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 AG Card and Navica™ App Set-Up and Training
Find training materials, videos, and additional resources. Click on “Helpful Documents” toward the bottom of the page to download product insert, fact sheets, and more.

To request a biweekly supply of the tests:

Demand may exceed supply, in which case MDH will prioritize entities serving priority populations and serving geographic areas:

  • With high positivity rates
  • Where testing access is limited
  • Where a large number of populations are disproportionately at risk

Questions? Email:

Updated Monday, 08-Feb-2021 10:57:38 CST