Yukoners who show symptoms of COVID-19, but who do not meet the Yukon government’s threshold for a laboratory PCR test, can now purchase a home test kit instead.
In a press release Monday afternoon, the government said it was providing a rapid antigen test to anyone in the Yukon with symptoms.
Tests can be picked up via drive-thru at Takhini Arena in Whitehorse from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The press release included a reminder that people with symptoms should assume they have COVID-19 whether or not they are positive.
“It’s important to do the right thing and stay home and away from others if you have COVID-19, even if your rapid antigen test is negative,” said Dr. Catherine Elliott, Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health, Yukon, in the news. Release.
The Government of Yukon has reported 197 new cases in the territory over the weekend, bringing the total number of cases to 385.
He also published six public exhibition notices, four for schools and two for daycares, all in Whitehorse.
The Yukon recently changed its testing approach due to the number of people catching the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
Laboratory PCR testing is now reserved for those most at risk of becoming seriously ill: people in communities outside of Whitehorse, frontline workers, people and staff living in communities, people over the age of 50 years old, those who are pregnant or have risk factors for serious illness, and those who have not been vaccinated or have been partially vaccinated.
People living in other communities outside of Whitehorse may still be tested for COVID-19 at their local health centers.
Other ongoing tests
The government said Monday it received 50,000 rapid home tests in its first federal government shipment. He also had a small amount of home tests in stock, which are routed to the rapid test program.
The Yukon government expects another delivery of tests in the coming weeks.
“The Government of Yukon is working on a plan to make some rapid home antigen testing available to the public for non-symptomatic purposes as more shipments arrive,” the press release said.
It takes about 15 minutes for the rapid tests to give a result. The take-out kits include instructions on how to use them and interpret the results, the government said.