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B.C. to ramp up fast testing, broaden at-home kits in January

B.C. to ramp up fast testing, broaden at-home kits in January

B.C. well being officers on Tuesday stated they’ll broaden entry to fast COVID-19 checks, however take-home kits is not going to be out there within the province till the brand new 12 months.

The province is at the moment utilizing round 35,000 checks per week, officers stated. That is anticipated to climb as this system expands.

B.C. is anticipating a list of about 2,600,000 checks.

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B.C. might see substantial new COVID-19 restrictions

B.C. might see substantial new COVID-19 restrictions

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One of many precedence areas shall be to make at-home fast checks out there at pattern assortment websites for people who find themselves displaying signs. About 700,000 checks shall be out there on the assortment websites and can assist ease a number of the stress on the present testing system, officers stated.

One other 100,000 checks will go to workers, residents and guests in long-term care, whereas an extra 100,000 checks shall be made out there at acute care websites for symptomatic workers and/or shut contacts.

Rural, distant, Indigenous, and susceptible communities will obtain 1,200,000 checks for symptomatic testing, and for case and speak to administration. A further half-million checks shall be despatched to companies and to handle outbreaks within the normal inhabitants.

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COVID-19: Why is British Columbia ready for fast checks, will the hole between vaccines boosters be shortened?

COVID-19: Why is British Columbia ready for fast checks, will the hole between vaccines boosters be shortened?

B.C. is anticipating the federal authorities to ship 200,000 of the Panbio model of fast checks by the top of the 12 months. The province has additionally bought 500,000 checks of the BTNX model with nasal swabs, anticipated to reach in late December.

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Different provinces have been sending checks dwelling, whereas B.C. has been criticized for a sluggish response.

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With an anticipated out there stock of as much as 11 million checks, B.C. will then broaden fast testing to supply publicly funded checks at extra areas locally.

About seven million checks shall be reserved for public well being and well being authorities to assist handle neighborhood transmission.

The Okay-to-12 training system will obtain 500,000 checks for college kids and workers to be deployed as wanted to assist the return to high school and continued in-person studying.

An additional 500,000 fast checks shall be made out there to post-secondary establishments for symptomatic college students, college, and workers, and to assist a wholesome and protected return to campus.

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