Starting today, the Chief Public Health Officer of the Northwest Territories (CPHA) is releasing new testing guidelines for those who receive a positive rapid antigen test.
Take-home tests – provided at airports, schools and through the DetectNWT program – will be available at health centers as soon as possible.
They are also available to those who meet the eligibility requirements for the Yellowknife Screening Clinic.
Due to preparations for a large influx of returning travelers, testing centers need to focus lab resources on those most at risk and will no longer confirm most positive tests at home.
Fully vaccinated people who receive a positive result from a home test will not need to repeat the test at a testing center if they are at low risk of serious results and have mild and non-serious symptoms. In these cases, isolation is required for 10 days, along with household members and other close contacts.
Following a positive test from a home kit, ProtectNWT should be called to report the result.
ProtectNWT is available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week by calling 811 (in the NWT) and 1-833-378-8297 (outside the NWT) and by email: [email protected] that.
For those not fully vaccinated, a negative test on day 8 is required – administered by a healthcare practitioner – to end self-isolation after travel.
Contact public health or your health center to arrange the test.
A list of criteria below defines high risk individuals. A positive home test for these people means they should self-isolate immediately and contact public health or a health center to arrange for a more in-depth test and / or assessment.
Some with risk factors may be eligible for certain targeted treatments, only after they have had a confirmed positive Covid-19 test from a testing center.
High-risk groups include those who are not fully immunized (less than two doses of vaccine); less than five years old; aged over 60, having undergone an organ transplant; who are pregnant; who are diabetic; and take immunosuppressive drugs.
Others are considered to be at higher risk:
– undergo cancer treatment
-take daily medication against heart or lung disease
-diagnosed with severe kidney or liver disease
– suffering from dementia or having had a stroke
-obese (body mass index greater than 40)
All new cases of Covid-19 in the NWT are now considered the result of the Omicron variant.