Through the Governor’s office, the Texas Division of Emergency Management has made available to the McAllen Chamber of Commerce rapid testing kits for businesses. There is no cost for businesses to receive the kits. There are several key guidelines to follow to participate in the program.
Here are some guidelines: businesses that participate will be required to test their employees and upload the result information to the state website; the business has the option to how often and when they test their employees; and a business can test employees as many times as it deems necessary. Another important element is if there is a positive test, the business should have protocols established to deal with the condition when an employee tests positive.
The test is quick and easy. Liability for accuracy of the test is the responsibility of the Department of Emergency Management. The business will not be held liable for test results.
Here are other key points for businesses to be aware of:
• The business must ensure that quality control of the testing materials is conducted.
• The business must ensure that test administrators at your business understand that every test kit that is used for quality control testing or training is reported through the app.txrapidtest.org application.
• For these kits (quality control), rather than reporting positive or negative results, the test administrator should choose the option for “Test not Performed.”
• The test administrator at your business conducting the quality control test or training should use his/her own personal information to enter into the system.
• The business-designated test administrator will serve as the subject matter expert for the participating business regarding testing procedures of this specific program.
• The business will ensure resupply of testing materials and PPE to its own test administrators, as needed and available, by request from email@example.com.
• The business must ensure its test administrators are reporting results as required and serve as a resource if they encounter difficulties.
• The business must notify the Chamber and TDEM of any problems associated with requesting and receiving resupply of test materials.
• Resupply will be based on the participating businesses reporting at least 70% of the tests provided.
To receive more information needed to participate in the program, please visit the website: https://tdem.texas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/3-Chamber-Test-Coordinator-Responsibilities-012021.pdf
Covid-19 Binax-300 Test Kits Checklist
In order to qualify for this program, the recipient must comply with the following protocol:
_____ Businesses must notify the Chamber via email and identify their Test Administrator as they complete the Binax-300 training along with providing a copy of their certificate and contact details.
_____ Once businesses have completed the training with a Binax-300 certificate in their possession, Chamber will deliver or the business may pick up, one test kit box of 40 test kits unless they have more than 50 employees.
_____ The Chamber will then coordinate via email with the selected business Test Administrator(s) to come and pick up the test kits, facemasks, and one biohazard bag.
_____ The Test Administrator will provide the driver’s license prior to accepting test kits and match our records for certificated business reps. They will also sign the McAllen Chamber Covid-19 Binax-300 Test Kit receipt to confirm distribution to their business.
_____ The Chamber will provide our packet of instructions to include City of McAllen Public Health Department guidelines.
_____ Participating business needs to provide gloves for their Test Administrators.
_____ Participating businesses need to treat used BinaxNow test cards as medical waste and must follow the Disposal Guidance for Covid-19 Rapid Testing Kits from Schools and at www.tdem.texas.gov/chambertesting/).
Businesses must ensure that:
• Test Administrators understand that every test kit used for quality control testing or training is reported through the app.txrapidtest.org application. For these kits, rather than reporting positive or negative results, the test administrator should choose the option for “Test not Performed”. The test administrator conducting the quality control test or training should use their own personal information to enter into the system.
• Test Administrators report results as required and serve as a resource if they encounter difficulties.
For more information, contact Michelle Rodriguez at the McAllen Chamber:
Please fill the following form in order to sign up