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Point-of-Care (POC) COVID-19 Antigen Testing

Point-of-Care Antigen testing offers a rapid and reliable solution for COVID-19 testing in settings where multiple people may need to test.

The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health (SBCDPH) is offering free COVID-19 Point-of-Care (POC) Antigen test kits; these tests are CLIA-waived tests and can be used at eligible facilities. Facilities must have a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) Certificate, and access to the CALREDIE system for reporting positive test results.

Facilities eligible to receive POC test kits include:

  • Hospitals
  • Urgent Cares associate with FQHC’s
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs)
  • Long-term care facilities and nursing homes
  • Community Health Centers
  • Tribal communities
  • Migrant Health Centers
  • Health Care for the Homeless
  • Health Centers for Residents of Public Housing, and Rural Health Clinics

Important FDA Expiration Date Information:

The FDA has extended the expiration dates for Professional CLIA-waived BinaxNow Antigen tests. Please see the chart on the right side of the page to view the latest expiration information.

Call the COVID-19 Antigen Testing Program at: (909) 531-0516 or via email at sbcovid19testing@dph.sbcounty.gov for more information or questions.

CDPH/CMS Point-of-Care Expiration Date Extension InformationFDA Point-of-Care Expiration Date Extension Information
On March 4, 2022, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) authorized the use of OTC COVID-19 Antigen test kits beyond their FDA-authorized expiration date.

Please see guidance here:
Temporary Extension of At-Home Test Kit Expirations.

This emergency extension is temporary and may be discontinued by CDPH at any time. To stay updated with the latest announcements, visit testing.covid19.ca.gov.
If you would like to see a list of the latest FDA Expiration Date Extensions, please see below:

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Available Point-of-Care (POC) Antigen Tests

  1. Complete, sign and return the Provider User Agreement form via email to SBCOVID19testing@dph.sbcounty.gov
  2. Once the completed Provider User Agreement form is received, you may submit a request for POC Antigen test kits using the electronic request: here
    ***Chrome or Edge preferred

Eligible facilities should prioritize testing individuals that are uninsured or communities with limited access to testing resources, as well as:

  • Symptomatic or asymptomatic individuals in COVID-19 outbreaks
  • Individuals returning to work, schools, or travel and testing again 3-5 days later
  • For post exposure or response testing of individuals exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19
  • For routine diagnostic screen testing (recommend at least twice weekly with antigen testing)

According to the CDC, Point-of-Care testing uses rapid diagnostic tests performed or interpreted by someone other than the individual being tested and can be performed in a variety of settings. Rapid tests used in point-of-care settings can be NAATantigen, or antibody tests.

These tests can be used to diagnose current or detect past SARS-CoV-2 also known as COVID-19 infections in various point-of-care settings, including but not limited to:

  • Physician offices
  • Urgent care facilities
  • Pharmacies
  • School health clinics
  • Long-term care facilities and nursing homes
  • Temporary locations, such as drive-through sites managed by local organizations

The COVID-19 POC Antigen test kits are CLIA waived tests and must be used by facilities that have a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) Certificate.


The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) requires Laboratory or testing sites using COVID-19 Point-of-Care (POC) Antigen tests to report both positive and non-positive antigen test results through the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange (CalREDIE) Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR) system.

NOTE: Patients’ race and ethnicity must be reported for all COVID-19 test results.

Per the Laboratory Field Services, other reporting systems may be acceptable if your facility does not have access to CalREDIE such as:

For more information, please visit their website at: CDPH Laboratory Field Services

Reporting positive and non-positive results
California Department of Public Health reporting guidelines

Types of CLIA Certificates accepted for Point-of-Care (POC) testing.

To obtain a CLIA Certificate:

How to Obtain a CLIA Certificate of Waiver