FDA extends expiration of iHealth COVID-19 rapid antigen test

July 15, 2022

OSWEGO COUNTY – The Oswego County Health Department shared that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved another extension to the expiration date of the iHealth COVID Rapid Antigen Test -19.

This is the second three-month extension of the home testing kits. In March, the agency approved the first allocation, increasing the expiration date of the test kits from six to nine months, based on stability studies. With this new approval, the shelf life of the tests is now extended to one year.

According to iHealth Labs, this extension applies to existing test kits as well as those the company will manufacture in the future. People can view the new expiration date for their iHealth COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test by going to https://ihealthlabs.com/pages/news#expiration.

Residents are reminded that they can still order free COVID-19 test kits at home by visiting www.COVID.gov or by calling 1-800-232-0233. These antigen tests are useful for rapid detection of the COVID-19 virus.

Oswego County has developed a portal for residents to report positive COVID-19 home test results, exposure to the virus, and obtain necessary isolation/quarantine documents for schools and employers. Go to https://health.oswegocounty.com/COVID-19 and click on the appropriate link.

Test results received from doctors’ offices, pharmacies, and other testing sites DO NOT need to be self-reported. However, if isolation orders are needed for school, employers, or other reasons, people can request these documents using the “Report a positive (lab) test” option in the portal.

The health department encourages residents who test positive to notify any close contacts immediately. The close contact should then go to the State website at the address https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-contact-tracing to find out if they meet the quarantine criteria. If they do, they should report the exposure on the county health department’s online portal.

For more information, visit the Oswego County Health Department’s COVID-19 page at https://health.oswegocounty.com/COVID-19 or call its COVID-19 hotline at 315-349-3330. Callers may need to leave a message and a staff member will return the call. Residents should contact their medical providers directly for personal medical advice on COVID-19 and vaccinations or boosters.

For more information on emotional supports, visit the Mental Hygiene Division of the Oswego County Department of Social Services at www.oswegocounty.com/mentalhygiene.

Under New York State Public Health Law, the Oswego County Health Department is the local public health authority for the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the county of Oswego. The Oswego County Health Department is working closely with the New York State Department of Health regarding COVID-19 surveillance, response, and reporting.

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