FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Health is making it easier for New Brunswickers to obtain COVID-19 point-of-care tests, also known as rapid tests.

Until now, people were required to be symptomatic before booking an appointment to pick up a rapid test kit. As of today, the kits will be available to anyone who wants one. Anyone who needs a rapid test kit can schedule an appointment online or call 1-833-437-1424.

To further improve access, the department is expanding the number of distribution sites for these kits, particularly in rural areas, to include participating libraries or municipal offices.

“We know that COVID-19 is still circulating in New Brunswick, and that New Brunswickers want to do their best to minimize the spread of the virus within their communities,” said Dr. Yves Léger, acting deputy chief medical officer of health. “It is important to note that these tests should only be used by people experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, as that is when they are most effective and useful.”

Anyone who is symptomatic should arrange to have someone else pick up the test kit, if possible.