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April 13, 2021
Oxford County Paramedics offering COVID-19 rapid testing for symptomatic school-aged children

Rapid testing can be completed in 15 minutes with definitive results before patients leave the assessment centre


Oxford County Paramedic Services is offering a new COVID-19 rapid testing program to help increase access to testing in school-aged children. Supporting a timely and safe return to in-person learning, the program uses ID Now COVID-19 Analyzers which can perform a 15-minute test with definitive results received before patients leave the assessment centre.

Under current guidelines, a school-aged child with even a single symptom can result in the child as well as family members being required to self-isolate until negative test results are received. Now, though, with Oxford County Paramedics’ new COVID-19 rapid testing program, children can get back to school, and parents and guardians can get back to work sooner. Students with negative test results will still be required to follow return-to-school guidelines.

Testing appointments will be taken through Woodstock Hospital Assessment Centre and booked for testing onsite at Oxford County Paramedic Services – Mill St. Headquarters. The test involves a nasal swab performed by paramedics. Patients will receive proof of testing and test results before their departure.

Visit the Woodstock Hospital Assessment Centre’s website for more information on booking an appointment for COVID-19 rapid testing for school-aged children.

  

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Oxford County Paramedics with ID Now COVID-19 Analyzers

JPG: Oxford County Paramedics with ID Now COVID-19 Analyzers

  

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About Oxford County

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 121,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero-waste community and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that is driving innovation in sustainable industries and diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.

  

Contact

Jenn Austin | Strategic Communication & Engagement
519.539.9800 ext. 3505 | jaustin@oxfordcounty.ca


COVID-19: Oxford County follows guidance from Southwestern Public Health and the Government of Ontario. See updates on our programs and services at www.oxfordcounty.ca/COVID-19