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More B.C. long-term care homes expanding COVID rapid testing

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated Jun 23, 2021 at 3:51 pm PDT

COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test (SARS-CoV-2) at Clinical Microbiology at SUS (Skane University Hospital) in Lund. The test is performed by healthcare professionals who take a sample from the back of the nasal wall using a swab stick. The sample is then placed in a test tube with liquid. The test result is ready in approximately 15 minutes. Photo: Johan Nilsson / TT / Code 50090

Rapid testing is being expanded at long-term care homes across B.C.

Rapid testing is just one step toward helping protect the most vulnerable against COVID-19 variants

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — In a bid to help protect staff and residents from COVID-19 variants, rapid testing is being expanded at long-term care homes around the province.

Terry Lake, CEO of the BC Care Providers Association, says rapid testing is a way to protect the most vulnerable against the variants and prepare if there’s a fourth wave.

“With the future, rapid testing, I think this is just going to be commonplace in all kinds of sectors not just the care sector but in regular office environments,” he says.

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Since some of Lake’s staff members are in and out of care homes, his organization has been using rapid tests in its office to ensure they’re not carrying the virus into vulnerable environments.

Lake says to date, they’ve got about 50 care homes currently using rapid testing, or who have ordered test kits.

“I think it is the future. And I think the more experience we all get in different environments, the better and more effective it will be. So we’re getting a head start on that in the care sector. But I think it will be more common across many, many workplaces.”