Who will get access to rapid antigen testing (RAT)?

Rapid antigen testing may be used for routine, repeated screening of people with no symptoms to identify and prevent cases of COVID-19 in select settings (pending supply), as an added layer of protection, including:

  • Hospitals, long-term care homes, retirement homes, congregate living settings
  • Schools

To support the management of critical staffing shortages in highest-risk settings, a test-to-work strategy (Government of Ontario, PDF 314 KB) may be considered, in which staff are able to return to work when they would otherwise be on self-isolation.

Anyone who tests positive with a rapid antigen test should consider themselves to have COVID-19. A confirmatory PCR test is not required while access to PCR testing remains limited.

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This item was last modified on January 11, 2022

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