Antigen-Testing-Program-Overview Antigen Testing Program Overview

Antigen Testing Program Overview


To improve the equitable distribution of testing resources to communities facing disproportionate effects of COVID-19, the State of California has established a comprehensive testing program that provides antigen testing resources (e.g., tests, reporting platforms, and technical assistance).

5 Steps to Onboarding the Antigen Testing Program

  1. Submit Application Form. Sign MOU and receive antigen tests.
  2. Complete training requirements.
  3. See Next Steps for Starting your CLIA-waived COVID-19 Antigen Testing Program for details.
  4. Receive CDPH approval, begin testing, and report all antigen test results.

​Site Lead Responsibilities ​​​

Each testing location must have a designated Site Lead. The Site Lead is responsible for overseeing antigen testing at the testing location(s). Detailed and ongoing responsibilities for the Site Lead:
  1. ​​ Keep a record of trained personnel. Each trained tester must have completed the following prior to starting testing:
    • Pass the competency quiz with a score of 100%.
    • ​Complete CDPH Information Privacy & Security Training.
    • Complete a positive and negative control during the CDPH Hands-On Training session.
  2. Complete the online Quality Control Log after performing quality control tests for each shipment of BinaxNOW test cards.
  3. Report any problems with test performance.
  4. Submit immediately for product issues (preferably the same day). o Submit Product Issues to CDPH Using This Form: Binax Antigen Test Product Issues Log.
  5. Share updated information about your organization with the Testing Taskforce.
All people helping with tests must be trained. Contact us to train new testers. Contact us for changes in shipping or testing addresses. SEE CDPH BINAX BINDER for additional program detail. Follow-up testing for people who have symptoms and a negative antigen test. 

​​If a person has COVID-19 symptoms and an initial negative antigen test, they should test again 48 hours after the first test, for a total of at least two tests. Please send person home with 2 at-home self-tests and give the following instructions for follow-up testing at home. 
  1. Test yourself again in 24 hours. 
  2. If that test is negative but you still have symptoms, wait another 24-48 hours and take another test.

If your test is POSITVE at any time, reach out to your medical provider right away about medicines to fight COVID-19. Medicines are safe and effective in preventing severe symptoms.

If you are uninsured or cannot reach a medical provider, get a FREE telehealth visit online or call 1-888-897-1244.