Robert: Rapid Antigen Tests to be distributed to households ahead of flu season
Written by Robert Shawn on November 15, 2022
The Department of Health and Community Services, through the Chief Medical Officer of Health. announced the Provincial government will begin distributing free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests to households throughout the province.
Each household will receive two kits (five tests per kit) in two shipments via Canada Post throughout November and December. Test will also be available in public libraries and MHA constituency offices throughout the province.
“In addition to keeping up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, providing rapid antigen testing for Newfoundland and Labrador residents is an important part of living with COVID-19,” said Tom Osborne, Minister of Health and Community Services. “By making these tests accessible to all residents across the province, our government is enabling residents to make informed decisions about their health and helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
Rapid antigen testing is recommended for anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19. As rapid antigen tests do not always detect COVID-19 on the first day or two of symptoms, Public Health recommends doing one test on the first day of symptom onset and, if negative, taking a second test 48 hours later.