Where to Buy Rapid COVID Tests

Where to Buy Rapid COVID Tests

Citizens and businesses alike want to know where to buy rapid COVID tests in Ontario. Community transmission of this infectious disease reached record highs in April.

Unfortunately, the pandemic hasn’t shown signs of slowing down.

Ontario health care facilities have been hardest hit by the third wave of COVID-19 in Canada. With local public health officials overwhelmed, the province went into another lockdown to bend the curve and stop the spread of COVID-19.

where to buy rapid COVID tests in Ontario

Problems with Diagnostic Testing

There are two major problems with PCR tests, the standard for diagnostic testing in Ontario.

  • Due to capacity restraints, PCR molecular tests are only available to symptomatic people
  • Turnaround times are too long; results take 1-5 five days depending on where you are in Ontario

Variants of Concern

Everyone is following the recommended public health measures.

  • frequent hand washing
  • physical distancing
  • wearing masks

But it’s not enough.

The rising cases related to variants of concern (VOC) are overloading health units across the province. Rapid testing is an underutilized tool in Canada’s defense against COVID-19.

Luckily, the private sector is stepping up.

From long-term care homes in Ottawa to transport companies in Mississauga, businesses are looking to administer rapid point-of-care tests.

Are Rapid COVID Tests Approved in Ontario?

The Government of Ontario was one of the first in Canada to embrace rapid testing as part of its pandemic response plan. And the province has since expanded its rapid testing program to more sectors. Rapid tests are even available at some Shoppers Drug Marts.

Ontario is trying to make it easier to administer rapid COVID-19 tests in the workplace. The government is providing guidance to employees who want to self-swab for a rapid antigen test on a voluntary basis under the supervision of a trained individual. 

Rapid Tests to Protect Your Workplace

Workplace rapid testing programs are an effective way to screen staff and derisk your business from the spread of COVID-19. In addition to daily questionnaires and temperature checks, companies test staff twice per week with a rapid antigen test.

Advantages of Rapid Tests

There are many advantages to using rapid antigen tests in the workplace.

  • It allows asymptomatic people to get regularly tested
  • Costs are much lower than the standard PCR test
  • Test results are available in under 20 minutes
  • Tests can be administered by trained staff

Most importantly, it enables businesses to identify infectious people before the virus spreads through the workplace.

Where to Buy Rapid COVID Tests in Ontario

The assessment centre system in Ontario (which only tests people with symptoms, exposure, or those in certain groups) is failing. We need a different approach. But Canada has been slower than other countries in adopting mass rapid testing.

In some parts of the US, for example, you can buy rapid tests in vending machines. In Ontario, you will need to buy rapid test kits through a reseller, like Rapid Test & Trace Canada.

Onsite Rapid Testing Services for COVID-19

Onsite Rapid Testing Services for COVID-19

Canada’s third wave of COVID-19 is forcing governments to enact stricter lockdown measures throughout the country.

Businesses can’t afford to stop operations yet again. Many companies are turning to onsite rapid testing programs to regularly screen staff for COVID-19. Several rapid tests are authorized by Health Canada and are much more affordable than PCR laboratory tests. 

More importantly, rapid antigen tests return results in 15 minutes and allow employers to test asymptomatic staff members onsite. 

Onsite Rapid Antigen Testing Services

Rapid Test & Trace Canada offers a variety of onsite rapid testing services to help businesses and event organizers ensure the tests are administered by health professionals. 

Onsite Rapid Antigen Testing

  • Identify people who are currently infected by detecting the antigens (proteins) of the virus
  • Optimal testing window (when sensitivity is highest): 2 days before symptom onset to 3 days after onset
  • Much more affordable than lab-based testing, rapid antigen test devices range in price from $14-$21, depending on make and order volume
  • Turnaround time: 15-30 minutes, depending on make of testing devices and the testing environment
  • With our onsite testing partners, businesses can process 20 tests per hour
  • Results can be electronically communicated to the individuals via text or email, depending on the test model and technology partner

Rapid COVID Test Car Clinics

Mobile rapid testing services have arrived in Canada! The StaySafe™ Rapid Antigen Screening Program is a free option in limited parts of Ontario. This is one example that aims to help businesses stop the spread of COVID and safely maintain operations. 

Rapid Test & Trace Canada has partnerships in place with trusted onsite testing providers. Contact us today if you would like help coordinating a mobile rapid COVID testing unit at your place or business or live event.