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Take Home COVID-19 Testing Available in Ontario Schools | The Canadian News

TORONTO – Ontario’s education minister says take-home COVID-19 tests will be available in all public schools in the province starting in a few weeks.

The PCR tests have been available in Toronto and Ottawa schools, and in a few other communities in a similar pilot project, but Stephen Lecce says that now all public school students will have access.

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If a student develops a COVID-19 symptom or is identified as a close contact of a positive case, they can pick up an exam at their school, do it at home, and drop it off at a community location for processing.

The government says its goal is to alleviate some of the hassles in the testing process by eliminating the need for students and staff to book an appointment at a testing center to take the test.

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Lecce also announces that unvaccinated education workers will have to undergo rapid antigen tests three times a week instead of two.

In addition, the province is expanding a rapid testing program that would allow students to take regular tests for 10 days if officials are contemplating laying off the entire school due to the high number of cases.

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