31 January 2022

iHealth Rapid Antigen Test

Sports Screening

BD Veritor Workflows

Testing Supply

New rapid antigen testing vendor

This week’s supply allocation from DOH includes a new rapid antigen test from iHealth. Quickly learn the ins-and-outs of this new testing solution with our FAQs below.

How does it work?

The rapid antigen test from iHealth is very similar to BinaxNOW in how the test is administered and interpreted. Each test kit comes with a sample collection swab, a small bottle of reagent, and a testing card that provides results in 15 minutes. 

Watch this short instructional video for more details. 

What is new about iHealth?

iHealth is approved by the DOH for in-school testing and as an over-the-counter (OTC) take home test. Some local health jurisdictions (LHJs) have approved OTC tests for school-based testing programs including sports screening and Test to Stay while others require that these tests be performed at a designated site (often a school building or district office) by a trained test observer. Talk to your LHJ  to learn what the local policies are for utilizing iHealth as a take home test. 

L2R Toolbox

The iHealth Implementation Toolkit from L2R provides all the information you need to get up to speed quickly with this new test.

Are iHealth results reported in SimpleReport?

Yes. As with all L2R rapid antigen tests, results from school-based testing using the iHealth test should be reported in SimpleReport. 

If using iHealth as an LHJ-approved take-home test, results provided by participating students, staff, or parents/caregivers should NOT be reported through SimpleReport. There is no reporting requirement for schools in this scenario.The household can choose to self-report using the Self-Testing Interim Guidance from DOH, summarized below: 

Use the state’s COVID-19 hotline: Hotline personnel will determine next steps based on zip code so results can be recorded and reported, and can guide callers through any questions they may have. The state hotline, 1-800-525-0127 (then press #), is available Monday from 6 AM to 10 PM, and Tuesday to Sunday (and observed holidays) 6 AM to 6 PM. Language assistance is available.

How do I add iHealth to our SimpleReport account? 

  • From the SimpleReport dashboard, click the gear icon at the top right-hand side of the page.
  • Click on the “Manage Facilities” tab then select the testing facility whose information you want to edit. 
  • Click on the “Manage Devices” card to update the testing technologies you are currently using for the selected facility. 
  • Under “Device type,” click the button labeled “+Add Device” then choose “iHealth COVID-19 Rapid Test (Antigen)” from the dropdown menu.

  • Click “Save changes” at the top of the page. 

Reach out to your L2R Program Manager with additional questions about iHealth. Your Educational Service District will send a confirmation when your supply allocation is ready for pick-up. 

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DOH Guidance

Important changes to sports screening requirements

In order to prioritize resources for in-person learning during a period of supply constraints, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has reduced the required testing frequency for high-risk sports and excluded coaches, trainers, and staff from required screening. This modified screening frequency optimizes resources while helping to prevent sports-related outbreaks.

Here’s what to know:

  • Athletes participating in high-risk sports should be tested only once on the day of competition.*
  • All participating athletes must be tested regardless of vaccination status.
  • Any athlete who tests positive cannot participate in the competition, must be removed from the venue, and should immediately isolate.  
  • Athletes who have tested positive and recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days do not need to be tested.
  • Coaches, trainers, and staff are not required to test before competitions but MUST wear masks for all practices, training, AND competitions even when they are on the side-lines or outside the designated field of competition. 
  • All athletes must continue to mask during all practices, training sessions, and competitions except when actively participating. 

*Previously, three tests were required for all athletes, coaches, trainers, and other participating staff during the week prior to a competition. The updated guidance has reduced the requirement to one test on the day of competition for participating athletes only. 

Review the detailed guidance from DOH or reach out to your L2R Program Manager with specific questions.

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Testing Models

BD Veritor for settings with limited analyzers

The BD Veritor rapid antigen test uses an analyzer to provide quick and clear results for all samples collected from a testing group. At times, a single analyzer may be used to test a large number of students. This requires some adjustments to your testing procedures to optimize efficiency for a range of scenarios. 

L2R and BD are here to help!

The BD Veritor for Limited Analyzer Settings SOPs from L2R provide detailed instructions for how to use BD Veritor for high-, medium-, and low-volume testing scenarios. Review the SOPs and contact your L2R Program Manager with specific questions about implementation. 

BD is also directly engaging with schools to provide targeted training on BD Veritor and answer your questions about school-based implementation. 

Mark your calendars for these upcoming training sessions from BD:

BD Veritor Live Training

Tuesday, February 1st 12pm – 12:30pm (PST)

BD Veritor Live Training

Thursday, February 10th 12pm – 12:30pm (PST)

Check out the recording from this recent training from BD to learn more about this testing solution and what is covered in these training sessions.

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