COVID-19 rapid test kits offered free in Simcoe County


The rush is on as people try to get their hands on a free COVID-19 rapid test kit after the province announced it would provide two million free kits on a first-come, first-served basis during the period. celebrations.

On Friday, select LCBO locations began distributing the kits.

The Caplan Avenue and Bayfield Street LCBOs in Barrie donated the test kits, but many people said they arrived too late to get their take-out kits.

Susan Moen arrived at the LCBO in Barrie around 10 a.m.

“I’m a little frustrated, and I don’t know if the store opened early or something, but they’re gone,” Moen said.


Free home kits are available while supplies last.

The province said it would post a drop-down list of locations each Friday until mid-January.

Residents can get a rapid test kit at busy places like malls, retail stores, holiday markets, public libraries and transit hubs.

There is a limit of one kit per person, but most sites offer on-site testing.

On Sunday, test kits will be distributed at Upper Canada Mall in Newmarket during mall opening hours.

In addition, the province provided public school students with five test kits to use during the holidays.


People without symptoms of COVID-19 who have not been in contact with a positive case should use the rapid antigen kits.

The easy-to-use swab tests provide results in about 15 minutes, but should not be used to diagnose COVID-19.

Anyone who screens positive on a rapid test or has symptoms of COVID-19 should book a PCR test at a clinic and self-isolate for 10 days or until they receive a negative PCR result .

It is advisable to take the screening test twice a week.

“A person can go from non-contagious to highly contagious in about two days. If you only test once a week, you could easily be contagious for a few days without knowing it and spreading the virus,” the Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit said. website.


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