Laurier hosts provincial pop-up rapid antigen test distribution


Wilfrid Laurier University and many other universities across Ontario have been hosting pop-up rapid antigen test distributions on campus. 

With limited PCR testing available and the highly transmissible Omicron variant continuing to spread, rapid antigen tests are helping individuals who have either been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms receive quick test results.

To help Ontario’s Ministry of Health distribute over a million tests by mid-January and provide students access to testing upon returning to campus after the winter break, WLU employees volunteered to host distribution sites at its Waterloo campus from Jan. 5 to Jan. 7 and Brantford campus on Jan. 10. 

Laurier’s’s Special Constable Service and Facilities and Asset Management team assisted with setup, parking and crowd control.

Over a thousand boxes of rapid antigen tests were distributed each day at all locations.

Additionally, the Department of Residence emailed students to announce the distribution of free COVID-19 rapid test kits to residence students who could not pick one up before the winter break. 

Rapid test kits will be available every day from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Department of Residence main office within King Street Residence (200 King St. North), beginning on Monday, Jan. 17, until Friday, Jan. 21.

Eligible students should bring their OneCard when picking up their rapid antigen test kits and will not be able to pick up a test kit on behalf of another student.

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