Maryland to buy 250,000 rapid coronavirus antigen tests

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Maryland to buy 250,000 rapid coronavirus antigen tests

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says that the state will be the first member of a multi-state coalition to purchase a large amount of rapid COVID-19 antigen tests.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that the state will buy 250,000 antigen tests made by Becton, Dickinson and Co. Antigen tests can offer results in 15 to 20 minutes. The tests will first be deployed at nursing homes, assisted living facilities and correctional institutions. Hogan said the state is also considering providing the tests for use at college dormitories. The purchase comes at a cost of about $8 million.

The tests will be paid for with a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



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