Inexpensive, simple, rapid diagnostics are necessary for efficient detection, treatment and mitigation of COVID‑19. Currently, the primary diagnostic tool being utilized is reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). RT-PCR delivers results with good sensitivity and excellent specificity, but is expensive, prone to access challenges and is often slowed by transport to centralized testing laboratories. Antigen-based assays are inexpensive and can be rapidly mass-produced and deployed, with lateral flow assays (LFAs) being the most common inexpensive antigen test. To date, few antigen-detecting LFAs for COVID-19 have been commercialized. Herein, we present an open source LFA using commercially available antibodies and materials for the detection of SARS-CoV-2. Using an optical reader with comparable sensitivity to a visual read, the LFA yielded a Limit of Detection (LOD) of 23 TCID50/mL (95% CI of 9.1 to 37 TCID50/mL), equivalent to 1.4x105 copies/mL (95% CI of 5.5x104 to 2.3x105 copies/mL) irradiated virus in pooled nasal matrix. This LOD meets the criteria suggested by WHO for diagnosis of acute SARS-CoV-2 infection in a point of care format. A clinical evaluation and further testing is ongoing.