3,000 COVID spit tests coming to the NWT

An outdoor testing site was set up in Yellowknife in late March. (CKLB file photo.)

The territory will be receiving an alternative method for COVID testing.

Now young children and adults who can’t have the standard nasal swab test may use a spit test instead.

“The tests are intended to provide an easier and less invasive method of testing for COVID-19,” says Jack Miltenberger, spokesperson for the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority.

A total of 3,000 spit tests have been shipped to the territory but the arrival date remains unclear.

Miltenberger says the plan is to have them ready by the new school year.

The tests are coming from BC’s Provincial Health Services Authority’s COVID-19 testing inventory and are the first of their kind in the territory.

More to come on this developing story.

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