More lab confirmation for low-risk NWT residents with positive COVID rapid test

NWT residents who are less likely to become seriously ill from COVID-19 are now required to self-report positive take-home tests, meaning they will not need to follow up with a lab test.

“Testing centers must prioritize laboratory resources to focus on those most at risk and will no longer confirm most positive home tests,” read a press release issued by the NWT territorial government on Friday. afternoon.

People considered to be at low risk are those under the age of 60 who are vaccinated and those who have no underlying health problems.

The territorial government has announced that it considers all cases imported to the NWT to be the highly contagious variant of Omicron.

People at high risk include unvaccinated people, people taking immunosuppressive drugs, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with various medical conditions that make them vulnerable to the virus.

Anyone in the high-risk category can arrange a lab test after testing positive on the take-out rapid test.

Take-home COVID rapid tests are provided at airports, schools in the NWT and as part of the DetectNWT program. The press release says rapid antigen testing will also soon be available at health centers and is currently available at the Yellowknife COVID-19 testing clinic for eligible beneficiaries.

Anyone considered low risk who tests positive on a take-home test should self-isolate and call ProtectNWT to report their results.

The press release says residents who test positive may be asked to notify their close contacts of their test result.

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