Dear AARO Members
ONTARIO OFFERS FREE COVID-19 TEST KITS TO BUSINESSES
The Ontario government has unveiled a plan to make rapid COVID-19 testing kits available to essential businesses.
Qualified businesses can have these packages shipped to them FREE OF CHARGE so they can test their workers and help keep everyone safe.
Businesses are encouraged to participate in the program by registering at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/check-your-eligibility-provincial-antigen-screening-program. For Automotive Repair Sector, select sector category “Other” and follow the prompts.
Program eligibility was recently expanded to include any business that is allowed to be open and requires staff to work on-site:
- A COVID-19 rapid screening test can be performed anywhere (e.g., on-site, at the place of employment) and does not require shipping a specimen to a lab for processing. It takes about 15 minutes to yield a result.
- Rapid antigen point-of-care testing does not replace public health measures, such as symptom screening, physical distancing, masking and hand hygiene.
- Any positive results from a rapid antigen point-of-care test must be confirmed with laboratory-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.
- Businesses with fewer than 150 employees can participate in workplace rapid antigen screening through a program run jointly by the Ontario government and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
For all COVID related information visit www.aaro.ca COVID-19 section.