Ontario deploys rapid tests to more essential workplaces

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Ontario has outlined its plan to expand rapid COVID-19 testing in long-term care homes, schools and other essential sectors.

Ontario government is deploying test kits to more essential workplaces and sectors in order to quickly identify and help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Rapid tests are now being used in long-term care homes, retirement homes, congregate care settings, First Nations communities and many essential workplaces.

“The use of rapid tests are real gamechangers as they provide results in a matter of minutes instead of hours or days,” said Premier Ford. “It’s important to get them out the door as quickly as possible to provide an added layer of protection for our frontline workers and vulnerable citizens, especially those in rural and remote areas of the province.”

To enhance protection against COVID-19 variants and support a safe and gradual return to the COVID-19 Response Framework, Ontario has deployed approximately two million rapid antigen tests and 175,000 rapid diagnostic tests to essential workplaces and highly vulnerable settings like long-term care homes and retirement homes. At scale, the province will be deploying approximately one million tests per week across targeted sectors.

“Our government is committed to providing Ontarians with more access to innovative testing options to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “Based on our success to date, we continue to expand the use of rapid tests to protect patients, long-term care residents, and our frontline and essential workers.”

“It is imperative that we help maintain essential manufacturers and supply chains that keep clean water flowing, keep food on the table and keep the lights on,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “Rapid testing for employees in our most at-risk and critical industries is essential for the safety of Ontario’s workforce and for the swift recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

 

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