June 28, 2023
Health Unit will be distributing Free Rapid Antigen Tests for COVID-19
With the lower rates of COVID-19, high vaccination rates, and demand for Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) has been consistently decreasing, the province will be winding down its RAT programs starting June 30, 2023. All COVID-19 Assessment Centres will be closed as of June 30 as well.
After June 30, 2023, those at highest risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 including high-priority communities will continue to have access to free rapid tests through existing channels (e.g., long-term care, etc.).
As of July 4, RATs will be available through our local Health Unit Offices and service sites during operating hours while provincial supplies last. While RAT test will be available to the public we remind anyone with symptoms to isolate. When symptoms improve/resolve you should wear a mask for the 10 days following symptoms onset when out in public. Staying home when sick, getting vaccinated when eligible and washing your hands/covering your cough or sneeze are still recommended to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses including COVID-19 even during the summer.
Resources for testing at home using RATs are available on the ministry’s website at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/rapid-testing-home-use
Individuals looking for a RAT test for eligibility for Paxlovid can do a test at home. You are also encouraged to reach out to your health care provider or pharmacy for assistance.
If you need information about COVID-19 symptoms, visit: Protection from COVID‑19 and other respiratory illnesses | ontario.ca or call Ontario811 or visit: ontario.ca/health811
For information about COVID-19 vaccine, visit: COVID-19 Vaccine – Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit or call our vaccine booking line at 1-844-369-1234.
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