California Department of Public Health COVID-19 Rapid Antigen and PCR Testing Program

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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has partnered with Primary.Health to launch a comprehensive antigen and PCR testing program. This program was established to help ensure the necessary COVID-19 testing was available to all residents in California. Through this work, an interested testing site will need to enroll in the CDPH program, sign an agreement, receive the CLIA-waiver certification training (virtually), receive free antigen test kits, and be trained on the Primary.Health registration and Primary.Health platform.

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Key Features

This program comes fully equipped with

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Automated Reporting

Eliminate paperwork and reduce errors by automating state reporting and participant notifications. We provide digital proof of test result/vaccination.

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On-Site Workflow Management

We help you test participants quickly and efficiently to minimize organizational disruptions.

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Data Analytics & Dashboards

Monitor program metrics to identify outbreaks quickly and track cases over time at a district level.

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Digital Participant/Parental Consent

Easily capture digital signatures and consent of all participants.

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Automated Result Notifications & Communication

Communication via the Primary.Health platform is easy, fast, and able to send automated result notifications to participants

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Fully HIPAA-compliant

Millions of users have registered. Available in 24+ languages. HIPAA-compliant.

Additional services

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Free antigen and PCR kits

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CLIA-waiver certificate

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Account Management

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Registration, consent, resulting and reporting software (Primary.Health us!)

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Virtual Trainings, Office Hours and Technical Support

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Access to a call center to support participants

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Real-time data and dashboards as they relate to your organization

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Option to distribute over-the-counter tests only, meaning you would not need to be trained on the test administration piece.

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The knowledge that you are helping to keep your community safe with providing these testing services!


Who is eligible to enroll in this program?

This program is broken out into different cohorts depending on the type of organization:

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Cohort 1

K-12 Schools and Districts, public, private, charter

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Cohort 2

Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (adult day care centers, retirement homes, skilled nursing, etc.)

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Cohort 3

Including, but not limited to community sites, daycare/preschool centers, employers, colleges, faith-based organizations, local health departments, sports clubs, non-profits

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Cohort 4

Organizations that have their own CLIA and do not need the CLIA certification from CDPH


Enrollment Timeline and Steps

This program is broken out into different cohorts depending on the type of organization:

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Step 1

Apply for the Rapid Antigen Program here. Expect a response within 5-7 days from CDPH Testing Task Force Team

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Step 2

Sign MOU with CDPH & Order Test Kits

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Step 3

Get Access to the Primary.Health platform via the welcome email

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Step 4

Complete Training: CDPH Required Training & Primary.Health Software Training

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Step 5

Begin Testing: Communicate to participants of the new testing program & get support from the Primary team with any questions

Click Below to Apply for the CDPH Antigen Testing Program

Let's get started!

Reach out today to see how Primary’s platform can help you automate, streamline, and organize your testing and vaccination program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does onboarding take?

Typical onboarding takes 2-3 weeks, however many of that time is spend on the various test administrators getting trained by CDPH.

What does Primary.Health support?

Primary.Health is the software platform and supports the general testing program. We help with setting up accounts, registration, reporting, and other software needs.

What questions should we direct to CDPH?

CDPH is responsible for final approval of Organizations, distribution of test kits and the courier network. Additionally CDPH oversees the PCR lab, Color.

What test types are covered through this program?

Professional antigen, OTC antigen and PCR testing. PCR is no longer required to confirm a PCR.

Do all my staff need to attend training?

Yes! All staff who have access to the Primary platform MUST attend a CDPH Hands-on training and complete the quiz. Weekly the system is reconciled and adminitators who do not meet the training requirements will be disabled.

Do I need to import my participant list?

No, it is optional. Most organizations send the registration link to their distribution list via email and have participants register that way. If you prefer to have your roster imported, submit the Primary Support Request Form and select Data.

Is using Primary required?

Yes! Organizations are required to use Primary to participate in this program. That includes sending the registration link to participants, having consent on file and reporting results via the platform. Failure to report may get your organization disenrolled in the program.

My account says it is "In development", what should I do to activate it?

You must attest that all test administrators have met the training requirements, including attending the CDPH hands-on training, Primary.Health software training, and confirming that the organization will report all results through Primary.