Ontario Establishes Asymptomatic Testing Sites in MississaugaPublished on April 03, 2021
Targeted Testing will help Keep Local Schools and Child Care Settings Safe
MISSISSAUGA — The Ontario government is taking action to keep schools and child care settings safe by establishing asymptomatic testing sites in the City of Mississauga. Targeted asymptomatic testing is an important tool in the fight against COVID-19 as it can help identify cases early and inform public health decisions. Asymptomatic testing is completely voluntary and students, parents, educators and school staff are urged to visit a pop-up testing site and participate.
Today, Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, visited the pop-up testing site at St. Paul Secondary School in Lakeview.
“Targeted asymptomatic testing is an important additional layer of protection as part of our government’s plan to keep schools open and safe for students, school staff, and their families,” said Cuzzetto. “Asymptomatic testing is completely voluntary, and it only takes a few minutes. I strongly encourage those able to access this testing to participate.”
Voluntary testing is available for asymptomatic students, school staff, and where applicable, household members. Anyone in the community with symptoms should seek testing at an assessment centre, not at an asymptomatic testing site.
“Ontario has been a national leader with a comprehensive school re-opening and safety plan with advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Our plan is supported by more than $1.6 billion in investments, extensive new safety protocols, and layers of protection that are keeping kids safe,” said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education.
Targeted asymptomatic testing offers an important additional layer of protection and helps keep schools and child care centres safe as it may:
- Identify cases that might otherwise have gone undetected before it spreads within the classroom or other areas of a school or childcare setting;
- Reduce transmission of COVID-19 from communities into schools; and
- Improve access and make it easier to get a test in your community.
Ontario's plan to safely reopen schools draws on the advice of leading medical and health experts, and is informed by the best available data. Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, has maintained that with all the safety measures in place, schools remain safe places for learning.
At the pop-up testing site at St. Paul Secondary School in Lakeview.
- COVID-19 can be transmitted from someone who is infected but not showing symptoms.
- Getting a test takes only a few minutes and no appointment is necessary at asymptomatic testing sites in Ontario schools.
- The Ministry of Education posts targeted testing results in schools and upcoming targeted testing locations weekly online.
- School boards across the province are making asymptomatic testing available in at least 5 per cent of the elementary and secondary schools within their jurisdiction each week.
- Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect the people of Ontario from COVID-19
Office of Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP