HELENA — Montana has secured thousands of rapid COVID-19 tests for distribution in the state, according to the governor’s office.
In a statement, Governor Greg Gianforte noted that the tests are a critical tool for early detection as the omicron variant sparks a new wave of cases. The 650,000 tests are from Medea Medical Products and cost the state about $5.5 million, which works out to $8.46 per test.
The tests are expected to arrive in the state the week of Jan. 24 and then they will be shipped to local public health departments for distribution. The tests will be available to Montana residents free of charge.
“As the state of Montana, like the rest of the nation, faces a new wave of the omicron variant, testing is a critical tool in protecting people with early detection,” Governor Gianforte said.
“As the state of Montana, like the rest of the nation, faces another wave of the omicron variant, testing is a critical tool in protecting people with early detection. We recognize the nationwide shortage of testing and continued failure from the Biden administration to deliver on its promise of free rapid tests at home for Americans. Montanans.” – Government Greg Gianforte (R-MT)
The CareStart tests are self administered and the results are available within 10 minutes.