October 5, 2021 | by: isaacpiotrowski

University of Toronto Epidemiologist Says New Brunswick Needs to Make Rapid Testing Available in Schools



A University of Toronto epidemiologist says New Brunswick needs to make rapid testing available in schools to control COVID-19 case numbers.


Colin Furness tells the CBC he believes rapid tests should be done twice a week, particularly for students under 12 who can’t get vaccinated.


He says it would make schools safer and prevent the economy from shutting down.


Premier Blaine Higgs said last week the province is developing a COVID-19 policy for schools that will use rapid testing and that the Department of Education will bring it forward soon.


Public Health said on Friday, October 1st that since September 7, 2021, 63 schools and 28 early learning and child-care facilities in New Brunswick have had confirmed COVID-19 cases.