UPDATE: Central Health Expands criteria for Rapid Testing Clinic in Grand Falls-Windsor

Updated: Feb 17

As part of its ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Central Health would like to advise that it is expanding criteria for rapid antigen testing clinic for general asymptomatic testing in Grand Falls-Windsor.

The criteria for testing is being expanded in order to attain a larger sample size of test results and not because there is a known increased risk of COVID-19 in the region.


This is the first time we are using this type of testing in the Central region, but it has been used in other parts of the province. Antigen tests are a way to look for the part of the virus that triggers the body's immune response. This type of testing can help us detect COVID-19 in people who do not have symptoms and limit the potential spread of the virus. It is a "snapshot" and will inform future testing throughout the region.


You are being asked to consider testing if you are a resident of Central Newfoundland and you:

  • have travelled to the St. John's-Metro area since February 1, 2021

  • are a high school student (grades 7-12)

In addition, you:

  • do not have symptoms

  • or have not travelled outside of Newfoundland and Labrador in the past 14 days

  • or have not visited a location announced in an advisory

  • or have not been in contact with someone who is positive

People who get a general asymptomatic test are not required to self-isolate while waiting for their test or results.


People who receive a negative test result must continue to follow public health measures and if they develop symptoms, immediately self-isolate and complete the COVID-19 self-assessment.


If you require an appointment, please call 1-800-563-3690 or complete the COVID-19 Self- Assessment & Referral tool located on the government website:

https://covidassessment.nlchi.nl.ca/.


If you are completing this referral tool please answer “Yes” to the following screening question:


Do you require a COVID-19 test as a result of an advisory from Public Health? (e.g., a flight or a public place connected to a COVID-19 case)



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Media contact:

Gayle St. Croix

Director, Communications & Government Relations

gayle.stcroix@centralhealth.nl.ca

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Previous Announcement

Central Health would like to advise that as part of its ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a temporary rapid antigen testing clinic set up for general asymptomatic testing starting on Wednesday, February 17th in Grand Falls-Windsor.


This is the first time we are using this type of testing in the Central region, but it has been used in other parts of the province. Antigen tests are a way to look for the part of the virus that triggers the body's immune response. This type of testing can help us detect COVID-19 in people who do not have symptoms and limit the potential spread of the virus. It is a "snapshot" and will inform future testing throughout the region.


You are being asked to consider testing if you are a resident of the Grand Falls-Windsor/Exploits Region and you:

  • have travelled to the St. John's-Metro area since February 1, 2021

  • and/or attend any of the following schools: Sprucewood Academy, Exploits Valley High, or Exploits Valley Intermediate

In addition, you:

  • do not have symptoms

  • or have not travelled outside of Newfoundland and Labrador in the past 14 days

  • or have not visited a location announced in an advisory

  • or have not been in contact with someone who is positive

Please note, the schools noted above have been selected to provide a sample of students in the area, not because there is a known increased risk of COVID-19 at these schools.


People who get a general asymptomatic test are not required to self-isolate while waiting for their test or results.


People who receive a negative test result must continue to follow public health measures and if they develop symptoms, immediately self-isolate and complete the COVID-19 self-assessment.


If you require an appointment please call 1-800-563-3690 or complete the COVID-19 Self- Assessment & Referral tool located on the government website:

https://covidassessment.nlchi.nl.ca/. If you are completing this referral tool please answer “Yes” to the following screening question:


Do you require a COVID-19 test as a result of an advisory from Public Health? (e.g., a flight or a public place connected to a COVID-19 case)



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Media contact:

Gayle St. Croix

Director, Communications & Government Relations

gayle.stcroix@centralhealth.nl.ca



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