How rapid test kits have been working in Yukon First Nation communities

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While access to rapid test kits in the Yukon had been previously limited before this week, that hasn’t been the case in all communities.

The Yukon government announced Monday that people in Whitehorse with suspected COVID-19 symptoms can now pick up free antigen rapid test kits. It comes after the territorial government announced last week that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should assume they are infected and isolate immediately, rather than get a PCR test. 

It also comes as cases in the Yukon continue to surge. As of Tuesday, there are at least 456 active COVID-19 cases territory-wide, 123 more than Monday’s count. There are many other cases that are not being diagnosed too,

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