October 14, 2021 | by: isaacpiotrowski

New Brunswick Has Started a New Rapid Testing Program for Students. Here’s What You Need to Know



New Brunswick has started a new rapid testing program for students.



Public Health says the new program is in response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in schools across the province.



In terms of how the rapid testing program works, here’s what you need to know:



  • If there is a confirmed COVID-19 case in a school, all of the students who are identified as close contacts will be contacted by Public Health regarding information about self-isolation or self-monitoring.


  • If there is a student who is unvaccinated, the parents of that student will be contacted about the rapid testing program and how their child can take part.


  • According to New Brunswick’s Minister of Education Dominic Cardy, depending on the last potential exposure date for the person who tested positive for COVID-19, parents will have the choice of 5-day or 15-day supply of rapid tests.


  • After a period of isolation has passed, the rapid tests will be taken back to the school for confirmation, which will be determined by Public Health.


  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19 on their rapid test or they display one┬ásymptom, they must self-isolate at home and contact Public Health.