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Health Unit: Rapid Antigen COVID-19 tests may be coming to local community hubs

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As COVID-19 infects more people every day, our health unit’s Medical Officer of Health says the province is considering making rapid antigen tests more available.

Dr. Paula Stewart says Leeds, Grenville and Lanark isn’t the only region that may see test kits become available in the coming weeks. “My understanding is the province is looking at whether there might be other health unit regions [that need rapid antigen test kits],” she says, “because we’re not the only one that doesn’t have access within our region.”

Dr. Stewart also says our region doesn’t have access to the test kits right now because of local COVID-19 infection rates in November. “When the province was setting up the places where people could go to get one test,” she says, “it was a month ago, and they were looking at health units that had low vaccine rates, which wasn’t us, and that had high case rates, which wasn’t us.”

If you need a rapid antigen test, the Ontario government’s website has a list of pop-up locations where you can pick up a kit.

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