Today my colleague, Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, announced that our government has now delivered 12.3 million rapid antigen test kits for COVID-19 to over 2,600 worksites across the province. The effort is helping businesses and other organizations keep employees and their families safe by helping keep the virus out of their workplaces.
A recent success of the antigen screening program came with the involvement of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Less than a month after the launch of its COVID-19 Rapid Screening Initiative, Ontario has shipped more than 2.4 million kits to local chambers.
These kits will help small- and medium-sized businesses across the province stay safe and stay open.
Businesses are encouraged to get their own rapid antigen screening kits by contacting their local chamber of commerce or by registering at ontario.ca/testingonsite.
Rapid antigen screening goes hand in hand with public health measures, such as symptom screening, physical distancing, masking and hand hygiene. Any positive results from a rapid antigen point-of-care test must be confirmed with laboratory-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.