PEI

Take-home COVID test kit pilot planned for P.E.I. schools this fall

Prince Edward Island is aiming to introduce COVID-19 self-test kits for some children on the Island this fall.

Province in preliminary discussions with Ottawa regarding program

Similar pilots have been run in some Canadian cities. (Jane Robertson/CBC)

Prince Edward Island is aiming to introduce COVID-19 self-test kits for some children on the Island this fall.

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison said Tuesday during her COVID-19 briefing that P.E.I. is looking to run a pilot project that would make test kits available to some children after schools reopen.

"We are in a preliminary discussion with the federal government regarding a pilot project where easy-to-use self-test kits will be made available to some Island children soon after the beginning of the school year when we see the usual increase in mild respiratory illnesses in children," Morrison said. 

"These tests will allow parents to conduct an at-home screening test for COVID-19 if their child is showing symptoms."

Some cities such as Vancouver and Ottawa have run similar pilots. Some news outlets are reporting that the Ontario government is planning to launch an eight-week program that would distribute take-home test kits to some high school students and staff.

Morrison said more details will be released in the coming days.

More from CBC P.E.I.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?

now