Rapid Covid tests are coming to Montreal-area preschools and elementary schools, the Quebec health ministry announced.
The Panibo tests, which are capable of providing results in 15 minutes, will be given out in classrooms where at least one student tested positive for COVID-19.
Each student will then be tested — whether or not they are showing any symptoms. However, since teachers in Quebec have a higher vaccination rate, they will not be tested as frequently as the students.
Testing will be introduced to schools in Montreal North, Parc-Extension and Saint-Michel, "where the epidemiological situation is under surveillance due to the lower vaccination rate of the general population," according to the Ministry.
Despite this, however, the approach may be adopted in other areas as the epidemiological situation evolves. The Ministry stated that this measure is “intended to be an additional tool to control the transmission of COVID-19 in schools in order to reduce the risk of outbreaks and to minimize classroom closures.”
As of Wednesday, 61% of Quebec’s active outbreaks occurred in schools and daycares.