State sends 200K coronavirus test kits to India
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The Rhode Island Department of Health announced Monday it sent 200K COVID-19 testing kits to India last week.
RIDOH collaborated with Kent Hospital and CARE New England’s COVID-19 Crisis Relief Effort to distribute the tests.
The tests are being distributed to hospitals around Delhi, along with personal protective equipment, ventilators, medications, and pulse oximeters.
“India’s hospitals and laboratories have been stretched to their limit as case counts in the nation reach an all-time high,” said Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH. “RIDOH is sending BinaxNOW rapid antigen tests to help healthcare professionals quickly identify positive COVID-19 cases and put them into isolation.”
The state received the BinaxNOW tests for free from the federal government. RIDOH says they have enough supply to meet the state’s testing demands.
“I’m proud that Rhode Island is able to make the contribution of tests to support our global partners,” said Governor Dan McKee. “It’s going to take a local and global approach to slow the spread of COVID-19 and I’m glad that Rhode Island could step up in this way for the international community.”