Beginning February 4, small businesses in Fort Worth can apply for free BinaxNow rapid COVID-19 tests through the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (FWHCC). Apply online!
In an effort to support the continued operation of small businesses throughout the State of Texas, the FWHCC will be participating in a program established by Governor Abbott to provide BinaxNow rapid COVID-19 tests to small businesses in their communities. Small businesses will be required to be trained on proper testing protocols, to include test administration and reporting of results as required by law.
“Our community has been devastated by the loss of loved ones and community leaders,” said FWHCC President/CEO Anette Landeros. “Our Chamber feels a sense of duty to help in any way possible, which now includes coordinating the dissemination of free COVID test kits so that small businesses can test employees and help keep their workers safe. Faster confirmation of a positive COVID case will hopefully help us slow the spread.”
The FWHCC will make the BinaxNow test kits available to any existing or new chamber member business with fewer than 500 employees. TDEM will provide BinaxNow test kits, facemasks, training, and support. Participating businesses will identify staff members to be trained to administer the tests and report the results as well as determine the manner that the voluntary testing will be conducted for their employees. All testing of employees must be voluntary and not a condition of employment. Businesses will also be responsible for establishing appropriate policies for addressing positive COVID-19 test results of their employees, including the notification of local health departments.