Update regarding COVID-19 point of care rapid antigen screening

In accordance with a recent amendment to Ontario Regulation 569 under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, there is no longer a requirement for individuals conducting COVID-19 point of care rapid antigen screening to report preliminary positive results to the local Public Health Unit. The requirement to report confirmed positives from other point of care (molecular) tests remains in place. Public Health Sudbury & Districts recognizes the updated provincial direction however strongly encourages all local long-term care homes, retirement homes, and school boards to continue to report preliminary positive results to Public Health so that we may ensure appropriate follow-up. All positive results can be reported to our confidential fax number 705.677.9618. Organizations conducting point of care rapid antigen screening and who do not have capacity to report preliminary positive results to Public Health, are required to continue to counsel individuals who test positive to self-isolate and seek confirmatory PCR testing. Should you have any questions or require additional information please call 705.522.9200, ext.772 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).


This item was last modified on May 20, 2021