Toronto public schools will have access to take-out PCR tests by end of week – Toronto – .

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Toronto public schools will have access to take-out PCR tests by end of week – Toronto – .


TORONTO – All Toronto public schools will have take-home COVID-19 test kits available by the end of the week.

City officials say the take-home PCR kits can be used when a student shows symptoms of the virus or if another student or member of their class has tested positive.

The test is administered by swabbing the tongue, cheek, and inside of the nostril, or by collecting saliva – as opposed to the nasopharyngeal swab commonly used for COVID-19 testing.

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Once the test is complete, families can drop off the COVID-19 test at a local contextual testing site or select schools for treatment and results, which can take 24 to 48 hours.

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PCR tests were distributed to some schools as part of a pilot project earlier this year. This project is now extended to serve the entire city.

The city says this is the first program of its kind in Ontario, making it easier to identify positive cases before COVID-19 can spread.

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