State of Florida Distributes New COVID-19 Rapid Test to Senior Communities Across the State


During a recent COVID-19 press conference in The Villages, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that the Florida Division of Emergency Management is distributing BinaxNOW rapid tests across the state to senior communities and long-term care facilities, as well as other sites, to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 among senior citizens. The BinaxNOW rapid test provides results in 15 minutes or less and does not require results to be run through a lab. The Division plans to distribute 400,000 tests throughout the state per week.


Individuals who are interested in receiving rapid tests for senior living communities may send an email to After emailing, the sender will receive an automatic reply with a link to a survey. The survey will allow the requestor to enter their community’s information, including a point of contact. The Florida Division of Emergency Management will then work with these individuals to send the requested rapid tests.

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