N.B. expands access to COVID-19 rapid tests, as virus claims 4 more lives – CBC

Province reports decrease in hospitalizations, Horizon and Vitalité report increase

Sep 21, 2022

New Brunswick is making it easier for people to obtain COVID-19 rapid tests, the Department of Health announced on Wednesday, after the province recorded four more COVID-related deaths in the past week.

People no longer need to have COVID symptoms to qualify for a rapid test kit, and the kits will be available for pickup at more locations, particularly in rural areas, including libraries or municipal offices.

The tests should still only be used when people are symptomatic, “as that is when they are most effective and useful,” said Dr. Yves Léger, acting deputy chief medical officer of health.

And people still need to schedule an appointment to pick up a test kit, either online or by calling 1-833-437-1424.

“Appointments are still there in order to make sure that … our distribution spots are open and they have supply on hand to provide to folks,” Léger said.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/covid-19-new-brunswick-deaths-hospitalizations-cases-school-1.6588741

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