Effective Monday, March 1, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., the Grey Bruce Health Unit moves to the Green Prevent Level of the Ontario COVID-19 Response Framework.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update: We are currently not booking vaccinations. Please avoid calling in an attempt to schedule vaccinations at this time. For week of March 1, vaccinations will focus on 2nd dose for all LTCH residents; First Responders (Police and Fire); Community Health Care Workers in Highest/Very High Categories; Community Needle Exchange Partners; and over 80 clients. For clients 80 years of age and older - primary care should be reaching out to them directly; and, for those in this group who do not have a primary care provider (or have a primary care provider outside of the Grey/Bruce region, a 1800 # will soon be available to book appointments.

Please do not call your healthcare provider to book an appointment.

Please do not call Health Unit to book an appointment.

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Rapid COVID-19 Test Kits Deployed by Grey Bruce Heath Unit

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Rapid COVID-19 Test Kits Deployed by Grey Bruce Heath Unit

 

The Grey Bruce Health Unit has obtained a supply of 14,000 Panbio™ Point of Care COVID-19 tests. Manufactured by Abbott, this high performance rapid COVID-19 test provides results in 15 to 20 minutes. The test results inform early decision making in relation to case management, outbreak management, and other potential interventions.

 

The ability to make quick decisions in these areas is an extremely valuable tool to help minimize transmission of COVID-19 in the facilities where they will be shared including long-term care homes, retirement homes, congregate settings, schools, childcare centres, first responders’ workplaces and other settings.

 

Panbio™ COVID-19 Ag Rapid Nasal/Nasopharyngeal Test Device provides:

  • Rapid results: test results in 15 - 20 minutes
  • Reliable, high performance: sensitivity 91.4%
  • Portable: can be deployed at point of care in a variety of settings
  • Accessible solution: enables large-scale testing

 

The tests will be distributed to community partners to aid in various COVID-19 testing needs requiring rapid results and will help alleviate the current testing wait times for case and contact management investigations.

 

The test kits come from Ministry of Health and originally earmarked for Bruce Power. As Bruce Power has their own testing program, these rapid tests were available to be deployed in the community.

 

“The Grey Bruce Health Unit is always looking to reduce barriers related to testing and to improve COVID-19 case and contact management.” Says Grey Bruce’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Ian Arra. “These rapid tests will help us to be even more nimble in managing cases and clusters of COVID-19, while providing enhanced accessible options for testing to the residents of Grey and Bruce Counties.” 

 

For More Information:

Dr. Ian Arra, MD MSc FRCPC ACPM ABPM

Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer

To arrange to speak with Dr. Arra, please contact Drew Ferguson at:

519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1269 or d.ferguson@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

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