This article will provide guidance on the steps required to run rapid antigen testing as a follow up. Before running follow up testing for the first time, ensure that you have reviewed the following articles:
Should you prefer a print copy, please find a printable version attached at the bottom of the page.
Step 1: Registration
1. Ensure your Test Kit has a barcode.*
- If your Test Kit does not have a barcode, place the barcode on the Test Kit.
- *Note: This step only applies to CareStart™ COVID-19 Antigen tests.
2. Select Register Test Kit
3. Search for Test Taker’s name. Ensure that each Test Taker has consented before performing a follow-up test.
4. Verify name spelling and DOB and use barcode scanner provided
5. Ask the U18 test taker any incomplete health questions
- Test takers less than 18 years old cannot pre-register for tests, as they do not have access to the Concentric website.
- On Test Day, Test Supervisors should verbally complete the health questionnaire with the Test Taker before test kit registration.
Step 2: Sample Collection
The Test Supervisor should refer to the appropriate collection and extraction guidelines in the Instructions For Use.
Use a timer to keep track of the processing time.
After completing the sample collection, apply the sample to the test kit as directed in the IFU and immediately start the timer.
Test Champions need to provide a sufficient number of timers, stopwatches, or an alternative timing device—an example of a timer.
Step 3: Reading Results
- After the sample is collected, the Test Supervisor will place the timing device and test kit on a clean and uncluttered surface.
- When running multiple tests simultaneously, the TS will keep the station organized in chronological order, with each test kit assigned its own timing device.
- The timer with the least amount of time is closest to the computer and will be read first.
- The Test Supervisor will wait the appropriate amount of time according to the test’s Instructions For Use (between 10-15 minutes).
- After that time has passed, the TS interprets the result according to instructions in the IFU. The TS scans the barcode in the portal and inputs the result.
Enter your results following the prompts on the screen and click "Submit."
Step 4: Get back to learning!
- If positive individuals are identified, they will follow isolation guidance provided by your school.
- Students, teachers, and staff that were close contacts of the positive case will quarantine according to current requirements and following the instructions provided by your school.
- Students that test negative and are not close contacts can return to their classroom.
- Close contact is defined by the CDC as be someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset.