El Paso Chamber Launches COVID-19 Rapid Testing Pilot
The El Paso Chamber announced on December 16th, 2020 that they are launching a pilot COVID-19 test program for small businesses in El Paso. Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Division of Emergency Management selected the El Paso Chamber to participate in the new initiative along with five other Chambers across the state.
For the limited pilot phase, the El Paso Chamber has selected a cohort of fifteen small businesses to participate. The cohort was selected from a list of previously identified businesses affected by COVID-19. Businesses were chosen from the list with the goal of representing a cross-section of El Paso’s small business sectors. The businesses include both Chamber members and non-members.
“Our goal with this first phase of the pilot is to demonstrate its efficacy across industries and types of small businesses,” said David Jerome, President & CEO of the El Paso Chamber. “Once we are able to establish that this pilot works and is scalable, we will start to look at expanding the program and opening up the testing to more businesses. Our ultimate goal is to be able to roll this out for our business community as a whole.”
The selected businesses are required to commit to training employees, regular testing, timely reporting, and developing protocols for any employees who test positive. Each business selected will receive 40 BinaxNow COVID-19 rapid tests from the El Paso Chamber for distribution among their staff.
The El Paso Chamber reminds the community that additional testing does not guarantee protection from the virus. Businesses are required to continue following local health directives and are encouraged to observe to CDC best practices, like wearing masks and social distancing, even if test results are negative.