Kroger Plans to Sell At-Home COVID-19 Antigen Test
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Kroger said it is awaiting approval to start selling an at-home COVID-19 antigen test that works with your smartphone.
The test was developed by Gauss and Cellex, Inc.
A news release said once approved it will be the first rapid COVID-19 test of its kind.
The test will be available online and at Kroger over-the-counter pharmacies.
It is a simple test. Take a nasal swab and after a 15-minute wait, scan the raped test on the app to get results.
The app will share the results with public health agencies to meet reporting requirements.
“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kroger Heath has remained committed to helping people live healthier lives by offering a variety of COVID-19 testing solutions supported by our multi-disciplinary team of licensed, trained and experienced healthcare providers,” said Colleen Lindholz, president of Kroger Health. “We’re proud to partner with Gauss to expand our COVIDCare+ suite with the forthcoming launch of this affordable, innovative solution.”
Gauss has already made 1.5 million tests and will ship them out once it gets EUA and FDA approval.
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