Coronavirus Update #180
Obtaining Rapid POC Testing Supplies

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) has procured 250,000 rapid point-of-care (POC) antigen tests and 150 testing devices from manufacturer Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD).

Rapid POC testing supplies will be available for purchase, as supplies permit, from MDH at a cost of $990.00/kit of 30 tests and $325.00/testing device. Each testing device has a shelf life of two years or 3,500 tests, whichever occurs first; each test has a current shelf life of six months. Please also note that each facility wishing to obtain these supplies must have a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) waiver and the appropriate state laboratory permit. 

To obtain or change the required lab permits: 

  • If you already have a Maryland laboratory license and CLIA certification, fully complete a change form to add the COVID antigen test. 

Distribution Prioritization: Rapid POC testing supplies will be available for purchase by MDH according to the following order of priority:

1.) Congregate-care facilities
  • Nursing Homes
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Facilities with dormitories and other residential settings
  • Assisted Living Facilities (ALF)     

2.) Residential Treatment Facilities
  • Developmental Disability Facilities
  • Behavioral Health Facilities

3.) State agencies and local health departments (LHDs)

4.) Other private entities, including somatic healthcare providers

This order of priority is based on the following considerations:

  • Ability to establish an appropriate test-setting and organizational infrastructure. This infrastructure includes staffing, quality assurance/quality control, results reporting, and test management protocols. Additionally, each facility requires:
  • designated testing space;
  • CLIA waiver certification and appropriate state permit;
  • appropriate personnel on site to collect specimens and process samples; and
  • appropriate personnel to electronically report all results daily to the state, via Maryland’s Health Information Exchange, CRISP. Information on how to register to use CRISP can be found here.

  • Need for POC tests as determined by:
  • total number of estimated at-risk and/or infected individuals -OR-
  • institutional need to maintain operations.

  • Surrounding county positivity rate as identified by the Centers for Medicaid/Medicare Services (CMS) (current rates can be found here under heading “COVID-19 Testing”). Counties with higher positivity rates will be placed higher on the distribution list. 

Indicating demand: Please fill out this interest form so that Maryland can estimate demand and determine the need for additional orders. Completion of this form does not constitute order fulfillment.

For any additional questions, please email
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