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Self-Testing

Self-testing is safe, gentle, easy to use, and provides results within 15 minutes. Self-tests only take a few seconds to collect a sample using a swab that goes into the soft part of each nostril. These tests can be done almost anywhere, at any time, to see if you may have COVID-19.

If you are experiencing mild cold-like symptoms including cough, sore throat, sneezing without fever, it is recommended that you stay home, use rapid antigen testing and self-isolate based on those results.

SHA Public PCR testing is now reserved for priority populations at elevated risk for severe outcomes.

Residents who have self-tested but require PCR test results for travel or insurance claims including potential Workers' Compensation Board claims will be required to purchase a test from a private lab service provider for that documentation

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1. Rapid Antigen Self-Testing at Home

Rapid antigen test kits are available to the general public to support both symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 surveillance. There are many public distribution locations throughout the province where you can pick up a free box of tests.

Routine, voluntary testing at home will help prevent asymptomatic transmission and will reduce COVID-19 transmission in the community. Use at-home testing to assist in self-management of any illness. Residents now have reasonable self-management tools to safely navigate day-to-day activities.

Self-testing kits (rapid antigen tests) are safe and effective when used as intended. However, many test kits include liquid solutions with chemical preservatives, such as sodium azide and Proclin that may be poisonous if swallowed or absorbed through the skin, particularly in children and pets. Health Canada issued the public advisory on rapid antigen tests and potential exposure to hazardous substances on February 24, 2022 to raise awareness about the risks associated with misuse, accidental ingestion or spillage of rapid antigen test kit solutions as well as what to do when accidental ingestion or spillage occurs.

See the following on how to use a rapid test kit:

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2. Locations for Rapid Antigen Self Test Kits

Search the map to find a location near you:

Locations of Rapid Antigen Self Test Kits

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3. Once you have received your rapid test results

See the Resources section for a Negative Self-Test Results Guide.

Residents who receive a positive COVID-19 result on a rapid antigen test are no longer recommended to seek a confirmatory PCR test. SHA PCR tests are now reserved for priority populations only. Anyone who requires PCR test results for travel, insurance claims including potential Workers' Compensation Board claims, or in lieu of proof of vaccination will be required to purchase a test from a private lab service provider for that documentation. If you test positive, you may qualify for COVID-19 treatments.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 should self-isolate immediately at home or in another suitable environment, regardless of your vaccination status. It is recommended that you self-isolate for five days from the date of test or 24 hours after any fever has resolved without the aid of fever-reducing medications and all other symptoms are improving for at least 48 hours, whichever is later.

Learn more about self-isolation.

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4. Resources

Included are guides for using the test kits, for those who have positive test results, as well as resources for participating distribution locations including a guide for testing distribution sites and posters.

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