The Ontario government announced it is expanding voluntary testing of asymptomatic students and staff in Hamilton, which currently have a high number of active COVID-19 cases.
The Ministry of Education, along with the Ministry of Health and Ontario Health, are working with school boards and local public health units to support this implementation. This initiative will make it easier to track and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools. It may also inform public health decisions and help to manage outbreaks.
HWDSB, in partnership with Hamilton Public Health Services, will be supporting this initiative. Based on guidance of the local health authority, testing will take place at select schools in our district.
The first asymptomatic testing clinic will be held on Saturday, February 13. Details will be shared with the school communities.
The families of the school communities will be invited to participate in the testing. The test for the children will be different than for adults. The child’s test will be done in the mouth and the front of the nose, and most children do not mind the test, according to HPHS.
More details have been emailed to the school community.
- Media release (February 12, 2021): Targeted rapid COVID-19 testing at two Hamilton schools this weekend