Manitoba is making rapid COVID-19 tests available to students at First Nations schools in the first step of a program that will eventually be expanded to other school divisions.
The province has received a limited supply of COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits from the federal government. The initial kits will be distributed to students in kindergarten to grade six.
“While our best tools for families to celebrate safely this holiday season are still vaccination, staying home when you are sick, mask use and reducing contacts, rapid tests are another tool that can be used to help screen for cases and provide peace of mind to parents and caregivers,” said Gordon. “Based on the supply we have, we have started to provide rapid test kits to First Nations schools and will expand the distribution to other K to 6 students across the province as we receive more tests.”
Each kit has five tests so that students can be tested every three or four days as they return to school after the holidays.
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