The province is rolling out a new COVID-19 test for K-12 students, one of the first of its kind in the world, which will be an “easier alternative” to the current nasal swab test.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced the new testing method during Thursday’s COVID-19 media briefing.
The test, made in B.C. and launched Thursday, will involve a saline mouth-rise that will be gargled and spat into a tube. The test will be available to children aged four to 19.
The test has been validated at the BC Centre for Disease Control and St. Paul’s Hospital, and works “just as well” as the nasal swab test, Henry added.
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