TORONTO – All Toronto public schools will have take-home COVID-19 test kits available at the end of the week.
City officials say take-home PCR kits can be used when a student shows symptoms of the virus or if another student or staff member in their class has tested positive.
The test is administered by rubbing the tongue, cheek, and inside of the nostril, or collecting saliva, unlike the nasopharyngeal swab that is commonly used for COVID-19 testing.
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Once the test is complete, families can drop off the COVID-19 test at a local pop-up testing site or select schools for processing and results, which can take 24 to 48 hours.
The PCR tests were distributed to some schools as part of a pilot project earlier this year. That project is now being expanded to serve the entire city.
The city says it is the first program of its kind in Ontario, making it easier to identify positive cases before COVID-19 spreads.
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