U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says 389,000 BinaxNOW COVID-19 Tests Distributed Thus Far to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) | site |

Top 10 State HBCU Distribution: NC, GA, LA, TX, AL, MD, MS, VA, SC, TN and FL

(October 31, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the following information:

Washington, DC – As part of the Trump Administration’s ongoing national effort to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks in high risk communities, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today detailed that 389,040 state-of-the-art Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 rapid tests have been distributed at no cost to 83 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HCBU’s) in 24 states.

Through the week of October 26, HBCU’s in North Carolina have been shipped 52,040 BinaxNOW tests – representing the highest state total; second is Georgia HCBU’s with 41,000; third is Louisiana HCBU’s with 39,000; fourth is Texas HCBU’s with 28,200; fifth is Alabama HCBU’s with 26,520; sixth is Maryland HCBU’s with 26,120; seventh is Mississippi HBCU’s with 22,000; eighth is Virginia HCBU’s with 21,400; ninth is South Carolina HCBU’s with 18,040; tied for tenth are Tennessee and Florida HBCU’s with 18,000. The full distribution to HBCU’s is in the table below.

“Preventing COVID-19 outbreaks in high risk communities is a key Administration priority and, unfortunately, African-Americans are five times more likely to be hospitalized from coronavirus,” stated Assistant Secretary for Health, Admiral Brett Giroir, M.D. “HBCUs often have limited resources, and many cannot afford coronavirus testing from private firms. The number of tests to be supplied over the duration of this effort will allow each school to test symptomatic individuals and their contacts, in addition to performing baseline surveillance sampling of their student populations as needed.”

The Abbott BinaxNOW test is the only rapid point of care test that does not require instrumentation – is easy to use, produces COVID-19 test results within fifteen minutes and costs just five dollars. In addition to responding quickly to flash outbreaks, these tests are ideally suited for the screening and ongoing surveillance of underserved demographic groups and in congregate settings such as group homes, nursing homes, K-12 schools and institutions of higher learning.

Giroir pointed out, however, that testing does not substitute for avoiding crowded indoor spaces, washing one’s hands, or wearing a mask when not able to physically distance. “Combining personal responsibility with smart, targeted testing is a proven formula to prevent outbreaks – but we cannot ‘test our way’ out of this pandemic. Public vigilance in adhering to precautionary measures is required – especially as we see the onset of mitigation fatigue and colder weather in many parts of the country.”

Alabama A & M University 9,000
Alabama State University 7,000
Albany State University 9,000
Alcorn State University 7,000
Allen University 3,000
Benedict University 2,600
Bennett College 3,000
Bethune Cookman Univ. 5,000
Bluefield State College 3,000
Bowie State University 7,120
Central State University 3,000
Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science 1,720
Chicago State University 5,000
Claflin University 5,000
Clark Atlanta University 7,000
Clinton College 240
Coppin State University 5,000
Delaware State University 5,000
Denmark Technical College 480
Dillard University 3,000
Edward Waters College 3,000
Elizabeth City State University 3,000
Fayetteville State University 7,000
Fisk University 3,000
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University 7,000
Florida Memorial University 3,000
Fort Valley State University 5,000
Grambling State University 7,000
Hampton University 5,400
Harris-Stowe State University 3,000
Howard University 3,000
Huston-Tillotson University 3,000
Jackson State University 9,000
Jarvis Christian College 3,000
Johnson C. Smith University 6,600
Kentucky State University 5,000
Lane College 3,000
Langston University 5,000
LeMoyne-Owen College 3,000
Lincoln University (MO) 3,000
Lincoln University (PA) 3,000
Livingstone College 3,000
Miles College 3,000
Mississippi Valley State University 3,000
Morehouse College 5,000
Morgan State University 9,000
Morris College 720
Norfolk State University 9,000
North Carolina A & T State University 9,000
North Carolina Central University 9,000
Oakwood University 3,000
Paine College 3,000
Philander Smith College 1,000
Prairie View A & M University 9,000
Rust College 3,000
Savannah State University 7,000
Shaw University 3,000
South Carolina State University 3,000
Southern University and A & M College 9,000
Southern University at New Orleans 5,000
Southern University at Shreveport 5,000
Southern University Law Center 3,000
Spelman College 5,000
St. Augustine's University 1,440
Stillman College 3,000
Talladega College 1,520
Tennessee State University 9,000
Texas College 3,000
Texas Southern University 9,000
Tougaloo College 3,000
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 7,000
University of Maryland Eastern Shore 5,000
University of the District of Columbia 7,000
University of the Virgin Islands 5,000
University of the Virgin Islands - St Thomas Campus 5,000
Virginia Union University 3,000
Virginia State University 7,000
Voorhees College 3,000
West Virginia State University 5,000
Wilberforce University 3,000
Wiley College 1,200
Winston-Salem State University 7,000
Xavier University of Louisiana 7,000
TOTAL 389,040