Request for ‘unprecedented’ COVID-19 testing | Local


People organizing events, such as weddings, ask attendees to get tested.

“Nationally, we are seeing unprecedented demand as case rates rise,” Aly Morici, spokesperson for test maker Abbott, said in an email.

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Lake County, Illinois, manufactures antigen tests for consumer use in self-testing and in professional settings, such as long-term care facilities, hospitals, schools, and businesses. . It also offers NAVICA, a free app that uses a QR code to share the test result with employers, airlines or other entities.

BinaxNOW’s two-pack home antigen test costs around $ 24 retail.

Another Abbott product, distributed through eMed, offers a proctor service that walks the person through the test, similar to a telehealth appointment, and then verifies the test result using a QR code.

“We have ramped up manufacturing since Delta became the dominant strain and new CDC guidelines called for a re-prioritization of testing,” Morici said.

Other manufacturers are also increasing their capacity.

Erik Engelson, president and CEO of Lucira Health, said the company previously sold its polymerase chain reaction test to consumers online, but temporarily shut it down as demand from its distributors skyrocketed . It plans to restart direct sales of PCR tests to consumers later this year, he said.

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“There is a great need for COVID tests, especially very precise tests that produce a result on the spot,” said Erik Engelson, president and CEO of Licera Health.


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