Quebec limits access to PCR tests, shortens COVID 19 isolation period

A woman has sample taken for a PCR test to screen for Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) at the Eylau Unilabs analysis laboratory in Neuilly-sur-Seine, outside Paris, on September 15, 2020.

(CityNews Montreal) — The Quebec Health Department said Tuesday that members of the general public with COVID-19 symptoms will not be eligible for PCR testing and should consider themselves positive if they do not have access to self-tests.

The province will reserve PCR tests for those considered “high risk,” such as symptomatic hospital patients, people who live in congregate care and people being transferred between medical facilities, Dr. Marie-France Raynault, a senior strategic medical adviser to Quebec public health, told a technical briefing (…)

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