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Ontario sends more than 12 million rapid test kits to work sites

Wednesday, June 09, 2021 @ 3:09 PM | By Amanda Jerome

The Ontario government announced June 9 that 12.3 million rapid antigen test kits for COVID-19 have been delivered to “over 2,600 work sites across the province.”

“Rapid test screening for small and medium-sized businesses is a key tool to help keep businesses open and workers safe,” said Prabmeet Sarkaria, associate minister of small business and red tape reduction, in a statement.

“For essential businesses that are allowed to stay open and require staff to be on-site, rapid antigen screening at the workplace can give peace of mind and ensure operations continue steadily and safely in businesses across Ontario, and especially in hotspot areas,” Sarkaria added.

According to a government release, rapid antigen screening “goes hand in hand” with public health measures, “such as symptom screening, physical distancing, masking and hand hygiene.” The release also noted that “any positive results from a rapid antigen point-of-care test must be confirmed with laboratory-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.”

“Giving businesses access to rapid tests kits quickly while streamlining program and reporting requirements is allowing them to manage testing on-site with ease and helping stop the virus before it gets into the workplace,” said Vic Fedeli, minister of economic development, job creation and trade, in a statement.

“We urge businesses who want to stop the spread, stay open and save lives to order kits today,” he added.

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