Peel Public Health Provides Schools With Take-Home COVID-19 Tests Over The Holidays

Peel Public Health is providing Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon schools with take-home COVID-19 tests for families and staff over the holidays.

Two types of self-collected COVID-19 tests will be available at Peel schools to take home starting in the next couple of weeks, the public health unit said in a Dec. 6 letter.

There will be COVID-19 PCR diagnostic tests given to students who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who are isolating because of a virus exposure at a school. The tests can be dropped off at a pharmacy that accepts the school PCR self-collection kits.

In addition, COVID-19 rapid antigen tests will be provided and offered to all students over the holidays. Peel Public Health noted that they can only be used for people without symptoms of COVID-19 during the higher risk time of gathering with family and friends.

“Students who get a positive result on a rapid antigen test must isolate and get a PCR diagnostic test as soon as possible,” the letter reads.

If families are travelling during the winter break, fully vaccinated students and staff could return to school if they tested negative on the preentry molecular test or demonstrated a previous test result taken between 14 and 90 days prior to arrival. They must also be asymptomatic and must not have travelled to the 10 countries of interest in Africa due to the Omicron variant.

For unvaccinated students and staff who have travelled, they cannot attend school until their 14-day quarantine period is over.

Source: Peel Public Health provides schools with take-home COVID-19 tests over the holidays | The Star

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