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When Do I Need a Covid-19 Test?

COVID-19 tests help detect infections so we can take action to reduce spreading it to people around us. Testing is an important layer of protection against virus transmission. Make it a habit to get tested, and keep the circle of protection strong around your family and community. 

 

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Testing Helps Detect Infections

  • COVID-19 tests help us know when people are infected with the virus, whether they have symptoms or not. 
  • Some people don’t have any symptoms (asymptomatic) or have very mild symptoms. 
  • Any person who catches COVID-19 can transmit the virus to people around them, whether they have symptoms or not.
  • Any person who catches COVID-19 can transmit the virus to people around them, whether they’ve had their vaccines or not. 

 

Keep the circle of protection strong: Get tested

  • This is why it’s important to find out if you are infected: so you can avoid making other people sick. 
  • Testing provides knowledge for people so they can take steps and actions to reduce transmission to their family and community members. 
  • COVID-19 tests are an important layer of protection for you, your family, and your community, whether you have symptoms or not, whether you’re vaccinated or not.  
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Keep the circle of protection strong

 

Make it a habit to get tested for COVID-19 when needed or recommended

 

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GET TESTED WHEN:

  • You have any symptoms or feel sick.
  • Symptoms could be: a cough, tiredness, fever, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, headache, aches and pains.
  • You know you’ve had recent contact with someone who has COVID-19 (e.g. visited a family member, shared a car ride with someone).
  • If you’re in one of these situations, the 1st choice is to get  is to get tested at the CMC or Hospital. If neither option is available, use a rapid test. 

GET TESTED WHEN:

  • You're travelling from an Area of Risk
  • You were in a situation where you think there may have been a risk of being exposed to COVID-19. 
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GET TESTED WHEN:

  • You're planning to go to a large gathering or event. 
  • You did attend a large gathering or event. 

GET TESTED WHEN:

  • You were in any situation where precautionary measures may not have been closely followed.
  • This could be a shopping outing, a gathering, an event, or other situations.
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Make it a habit to get tested for COVID-19 even if you're vaccinated

  • Being fully vaccinated is a strong layer of protection against severe COVID-19 disease.
  • The vaccine protects people against severe disease, which may require hospitalization.
  • People who are vaccinated have a lower chance of becoming infected, but they can still catch COVID-19.
  • When that happens, they can still pass on the virus to people around them.
  • Any person who catches COVID-19 can pass it on to people around them, whether they've had their vaccines or not. 

COVID-19 tests are an important layer of protection for you, your family and community. 

Keep the circle of protection strong - get tested

 

We need many layers of protection to detect and control the virus in our communities

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Rapid tests are used in Eeyou Istchee to increase testing capacity to respond to the continued spread and community transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Rapid tests are an important tool in the new Deconfinement Plan in effect in Eeyou Istchee.  

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