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Additional COVID-19 testing to offer rapid results for Northern Manitoba patients

A federal-provincial partnership is bringing rapid-response COVID-19 testing to northern Manitoba, ensuring patients at higher risk of transmitting the virus are able to quickly access their results. 

The Public Health Agency of Canada and the Manitoba First Nation Pandemic Response Co-ordination Team, in partnership with the First Nations Inuit Health Branch, have deployed four GeneXpert machines to be used by health-care providers in Thompson, The Pas, Norway House Cree Nation and the Percy E. Moore Hospital at Peguis First Nation, to supplement COVID-19 testing already being conducted at facilities throughout Manitoba’s north. The GeneXpert machine, which can provide test results in as little an hour, is already used in a number of Canadian jurisdictions to test for infectious diseases such as COVID-19 and influenza.

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