COVID Positive Rapid Antigen Test Reporting Form Opens in ACT | Canberra weather

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ACT health authorities will begin collecting the number of rapid antigenic tests positive for COVID-19, with people being asked to report their results themselves with an online form. But the ACT government will not follow NSW’s lead in imposing fines, confident that most Canberrans will do the right thing and report their positive result. Acting Health Minister Chris Steel said the new reporting mechanism will help ACT Health develop a better picture of the prevalence of COVID-19 in the community and where the virus is spreading. “In the short term, it will also give us the opportunity to contact people who test positive, to put them in touch with health services if necessary,” said Mr. Steel. The reporting form is for people who tested positive in the rapid antigen test on or after January 8. immunocompromised people will still need a PCR test to confirm their result so that they can be eligible for specific treatments if necessary. Mr Steel said the ACT government was not considering punitive measures to punish people who failed to report positive test results, following a decision in New South Wales to impose fines $ 1,000 to people who fail to notify health authorities of a positive rapid test. “We have seen that the Canberra community during the pandemic has been incredibly good at complying with instructions and health advice. At this point we do not plan to put any new offenses in place. We are just asking Canberrans and asking people to do the right thing by reporting their positive RAT results to ACT Health, “he said. Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the decision to allow rapid release of test results would help reduce long queues for PCR tests and would free up capacity for specific groups who continued to need lab-confirmed COVID-19 results. People who test positive for COVID-19 in ACT on a test rapid have not needed a confirmatory PCR lab test since Saturday, when authorities decided to accept the home test kits as confirmation of a diagnosis. Steel said on Saturday i that the change would save time and reduce the pressure on the ACT pathology laboratories. “[Rapid antigen tests] are increasingly available, and we know many more are coming later this month, ”said Mr. Steel. MORE COVID-19 NEWS: ACT government expects larger shipments of rapid tests to arrive from NSW and the Commonwealth over the coming week, but is still in the process of determining how the tests will be distributed. Some tests require supervision when administered, while a smaller number can be distributed to people to take home and use. Mr Steel said there would be more details on the distribution of rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 from clinics and government testing centers in the coming weeks, while acknowledging the current shortage of available tests. for private sale. in the future, and health officials would instead focus on providing treatment to those who need it as soon as possible after a potential self-diagnosis. “It’s quite likely for certain groups of people, we’ll assume they have COVID, based on whether they’re showing symptoms and having come in contact with someone with COVID,” he said. Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this COVID-19 outbreak in the ACT is free to everyone. However, we depend on subscription income to support our journalism. If you can , subscribe here. If you have already subscribed, thank you for your support. You can also subscribe to our newsletters for regular updates. Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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