COVID-19 testing not an effective alternative to mandatory vaccines, experts say

Experts say that regular testing for COVID-19 is not an effective alternative to mandatory vaccinations to prevent the spread of the virus. Testing as an alternative to mandatory COVID-19 vaccines … Read More

Alberta plan to remove COVID-19 measures is ‘risky gamble,’ fed health minister tells Shandro

Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu sent an email to Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro to raise concerns about the province’s plan to stop contact tracing, to scale back testing, and … Read More

‘Get tested’ for COVID-19 even if you’re fully vaccinated, Fauci says as Delta variant rages

As health officials warn of an imminent 4th wave of Delta-driven COVID-19 infections, America’s top infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, is stressing the importance of getting tested for the … Read More

Albertans protest ending mandatory COVID-19 isolation, masking and testing changes

Medical professionals helped organize two rallies Friday at noon showing opposition to the Alberta government’s plan to lift mandatory isolation rules, scale back contact tracing and COVID-19 testing. Read more: … Read More

Feds approve shorter quarantine period for NHL players entering Canada: sources

The federal government has waived its mandatory 14-day quarantine period for players acquired by Canadian NHL teams from U.S. clubs “under national interest grounds” ahead of the league’s April 12 … Read More

N.L. reports 44 new COVID cases as nurses brave brutal winter to test thousands

Newfoundland and Labrador health officials are today reporting 44 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and another 21 presumptive positive cases. Officials say 42 of the confirmed cases and all of … Read More

Air Canada, Rogers and Suncor part of group piloting rapid COVID-19 testing

TORONTO — Some of Canada’s top airlines, banks and sports teams have united to pilot rapid tests identifying COVID-19 in hopes that they can find a way to reopen workplaces. … Read More

Mandatory COVID-19 testing of international travellers takes effect in Ontario

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted February 1, 2021 6:12 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ TORONTO — International travellers will … Read More

Ontario closer to requiring all arriving international travellers at Pearson airport to get coronavirus tests

The Ontario government is closer to requiring all international travellers arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport to be tested for coronavirus if the federal government fails to take “action,” a … Read More

How rapidly is Canada rolling out COVID-19 rapid testing?

People living on the street in Vancouver’s lower east side; pop-up site attendees across Nova Scotia; staff and visitors at long-term care homes in various places across Canada —  these … Read More

WATCH LIVE: Feds unveil details of new COVID-19 testing requirements for travellers

New travel restrictions are coming into effect – mandating anyone flying to Canada to show a negative coronavirus test result from within the past 72 hours before stepping on a … Read More

Few will be exempted from new COVID-19 testing requirements for travellers, government says

New travel restrictions are coming into effect – mandating anyone flying to Canada to show a negative coronavirus test result from within the past 72 hours before stepping on a … Read More

COVID-19 detected in Wolfville, N.S., wastewater in experimental research

The Town of Wolfville says new research has detected coronavirus in the town’s wastewater. In October, Fredericton-based company LuminUltra filed a patent for technology that it says can help provide … Read More

An inside look at how Nova Scotia tests for COVID-19

As coronavirus cases continue to climb in Nova Scotia, front-line workers across the province are gearing up and are well prepared. That includes staff at the province’s main testing laboratory. … Read More

Nova Scotia reports 16 new coronavirus cases, 1 recovery Wednesday

Nova Scotia has reported 16 new cases of novel coronavirus on Wednesday. All are located in the province’s central zone. The new figures — which were released late on Wednesday … Read More

Nova Scotia to test Halifax bar staff and late-night patrons for COVID-19

Nova Scotia health officials are advising all bar staff and late-night attendees to get tested for the coronavirus regardless of symptoms. The strategy was announced last week as Nova Scotia … Read More

U.S. FDA approves 1st coronavirus self-testing kit for at-home use

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it had approved the first COVID-19 self-testing kit for home use that provides results within 30 minutes. The single-use test, made … Read More

Demand for coronavirus testing is down, but positive cases spike across Canada

Two months after the City of Ottawa scrambled to expand its COVID-19 testing options to deal with a massive spike in demand, it is now set to cut back on … Read More

Online booking for COVID-19 testing made available to Nova Scotians

The Nova Scotia government said that online booking for COVID-19 testing appointments is available as of Wednesday for any Nova Scotian who is getting a test through primary assessment centres … Read More

N.B. company says its rapid-test technology for sewage can help detect COVID-19 early

FREDERICTON – A Fredericton-based company has filed a patent for a technology it says can help provide rapid, early detection of COVID-19 in a community by testing its sewage. LuminUltra … Read More

Doug Ford calls deal to buy rapid COVID-19 tests ‘a game changer’

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says a deal announced by the Canadian government to buy millions of rapid coronavirus tests is “a game changer” as the province looks to build testing … Read More

Canada signs deal to buy 7.9M rapid coronavirus tests, pending approval

Canada has signed a deal to buy up to 7.9 million rapid coronavirus tests, pending approval from health officials, Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand said on Tuesday. There … Read More

As coronavirus cases spike, feds still ‘reviewing’ rapid testing applications

As lineups at coronavirus testing sites surge at health clinics across Canada, so does the demand for more rapid results. There are around 12 point-of-care rapid tests awaiting review from … Read More

European airlines look at fast-acting coronavirus tests to restore faith in air travel

European airlines are pinning hopes on pre-flight COVID-19 tests that deliver results as fast as pregnancy tests to help restore passengers’ confidence in taking to the skies in confined spaces … Read More

Health Canada now willing to consider at-home COVID-19 tests

TORONTO — Health Canada is willing to consider approving home COVID-19 tests to screen for the virus, a spokesman for the minister of health told Reuters, in a win for … Read More

Hong Kong launches China-led mass coronavirus testing program, prompting concerns

Hong Kong began a voluntary mass-testing program for coronavirus Tuesday as part of a strategy to break the chain of transmission in the city’s third outbreak of the disease. The … Read More

Determining COVID-19’s lethality muddied by politics

COVID-19’s lethality was always going to be a question for epidemiologists. But six months after the deadly coronavirus first gained international attention, politics has muddied the answer. The two main … Read More

Experts warn against negative coronavirus test as free pass for group socializing

TORONTO — When Bonita Mak went to visit a friend in a country home outside of Toronto, she says she got a COVID-19 test beforehand to make sure she wasn’t … Read More

Negative coronavirus test? Here’s why you can’t ignore physical distancing

A negative test result is a welcomed finding when it comes to COVID-19, but just because you aren’t positive for the novel coronavirus doesn’t mean you’re in the clear, experts … Read More

Montreal public health urges all bar patrons and employees to get tested for COVID-19

Public health officials in Montreal are warning about an outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the city’s bars just weeks after they reopened on June 25. Dr. David Kaiser, a … Read More

Main coronavirus test produces ‘false negatives’ at least 20% of the time, study shows

The primary type of testing for the novel coronavirus around the world, including Canada, produces “false-negative” results at least 20 per cent of the time, researchers from Johns Hopkins University … Read More

If I tested positive for the coronavirus, when can I see others again?

Canadians are urged to stay home and get tested if they experience symptoms of the novel coronavirus, just as they are required to self-isolate for 14 days after travel in … Read More

Trudeau says he’ll get coronavirus antibody test once serological testing available

After potentially being exposed to the novel coronavirus earlier this year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he intends to get a test that detects COVID-19 antibodies when those tests become … Read More

‘Uninterpretable’: U.S. COVID-19 testing data causes confusion, experts say

Elected officials, businesses and others are depending on coronavirus testing and infection-rate data as states reopen so that they will know if a second wave of contagion is coming — … Read More

Rare look inside Toronto COVID-19 lab reveals equipment shortages and delays

Lajomee knows better than most how the COVID-19 testing process operates. Over the past six weeks, she’s been tested a staggering five times for the new coronavirus and each result … Read More

Coronavirus: Ford says Ontario to start expanded testing this weekend

TORONTO – Premier Doug Ford says Ontario will be testing symptomatic and asymptomatic front-line health-care workers starting this weekend, as well as doing a second round of testing in long-term … Read More

Ontario health unit announces random spot test plan, as provincial testing lags

TORONTO – Ontario’s COVID-19 testing levels lagged well below its capacity for a fifth straight day Friday, as at least one local health unit looked to boost its numbers through … Read More

Could the public be to blame for the lack of coronavirus testing in Ontario?

The Ontario government has been under fire for not reaching its daily benchmark for coronavirus testing often enough, but health officials have now hinted that the public may also share … Read More

As Canada eases coronavirus restrictions, testing must increase: experts

Across the country, provinces have begun to slowly lift measures put in place to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. On Monday, some schools in Quebec opened their doors, … Read More

First at-home saliva test to detect coronavirus authorized by U.S. FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it has authorized the first diagnostic test for the new coronavirus that allows patients to collect saliva samples at-home. The decision … Read More

Quebec ramps up screening strategy as coronavirus bears down on Greater Montreal

Quebec is ramping up its screening measures for the hard-hit Greater Montreal area as novel coronavirus cases and deaths continue to increase. Dr. Horacio Arruda, director of Quebec public health, … Read More

Canadian doctors’ anxiety amid coronavirus can be eased by more PPE, testing: poll

Increasing both personal protective equipment (PPE) and coronavirus testing would help ease the mental health effects of the pandemic on physicians, a new poll suggests. The poll, released Tuesday by … Read More

Coronavirus: Developing a rapid COVID-19 test is in the works in Canada, globally

As novel coronavirus cases rise globally, along with deaths, developing a rapid test for COVID-19 is one of the key areas that researchers in Canada and around the world are … Read More

Coronavirus: I just had my COVID-19 test — here’s how it went

I don’t get easily freaked out. I’ve had several traumatic health-related episodes in my lifetime, but I’m a healthy person and I think I maintain a level, calm head about … Read More