COVID-19 Guidance: Considerations for Antigen Point-of-Care Testing v4

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Summary

  • Guidance document for individuals or organizations conducting antigen point-of-care testing (‘antigen POCT’) in Ontario.

  • Antigen POCT is used for screening purposes only and should NOT be used for diagnosis of COVID-19 infection in symptomatic individuals or individuals with known close contact with a positive COVID-19 case

  • Antigen POCT is appropriate for use in asymptomatic individuals only

Actions

  • Antigen POCT is appropriate for use in asymptomatic individuals only
  • Any individual who is currently symptomatic or has been in a contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 should be directed to their healthcare provider, to an assessment centre, or a participating licensed community lab to obtain diagnostic PCR testing instead of antigen POCT.

DISCLAIMER: This document has been reviewed by Ontario Health West staff. While staff has provided its summary and interpretation of key action items, every health service provider remains responsible for ensuring their own understanding of the document and actions items, next steps and/or accountabilities outlined in the document.

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