WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister will provide an update Thursday morning on the possible expansion of rapid testing for COVID-19 in the province.
The premier will address the media at the Manitoba Legislative building at 11 a.m. and CTV Winnipeg will live-stream the news conference.
Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen was asked on Wednesday about the potential for using the rapid tests after he announced Grade 7 to 12 students would be moving to remote learning temporarily following the winter break.
“Rapid testing is something that our government and our premier have indicated is a priority for us and we do believe that education has a role in that as well, and I do believe that you’ll be hearing more about that in the relatively near future,” Goertzen said.
Both Goertzen and Manitoba’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin noted COVID-19 transmission remains low in the school system, and said the classroom is the best place for students.
The province is also considering expanding rapid testing to long-term care homes in Manitoba.
This is a developing story. More to come.
-With files from CTV’s Stephanie Tsicos
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