No more lab confirmation for low-risk N.W.T. residents with positive COVID rapid test

N.W.T. residents who’re much less more likely to develop into critically sick from COVID-19 at the moment are required to self-report constructive take dwelling speedy exams, that means they won’t have to observe up with a laboratory check. 

“Testing centres should prioritize laboratory assets to focus on highest-risk people and can not affirm most at-home constructive exams,” reads a media launch issued by the N.W.T. territorial authorities Friday afternoon. 

Folks thought-about low-risk are those that are youthful than 60, vaccinated and people with no underlying well being points.

The territorial authorities introduced it’s contemplating all imported circumstances to the N.W.T. to be the extremely contagious Omicron variant.

Excessive-risk individuals embody the unvaccinated, individuals taking immune suppressing medicine, the aged, those that are pregnant and folks with varied medical situations that makes them susceptible to the virus.

Anybody within the higher-risk class can organize for a lab check after testing constructive on the take dwelling speedy check.   

Take dwelling COVID speedy exams are offered at airports, via N.W.T. faculties, and thru the DetectNWT program. The media launch says speedy antigen exams may even develop into accessible via well being centres quickly, and are at present accessible on the COVID-19 testing clinic in Yellowknife for eligible recipients.

Anybody thought-about low-risk who exams constructive to a take-home check, should self isolate and name ProtectNWT to report their outcomes.

The media launch says residents who check constructive could also be requested to tell their shut contacts of their check consequence. 

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