Self-Testing for Covid-19
Information about current COVID-19 self-testing initiatives in place on Prince Edward Island can be found below.
Lucira™ Check-It – Self Test Pilot Project for Children
Home COVID-19 test kits are are available for use by children under the age of 12 who cannot be vaccinated, experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or for testing after travel outside of the province, and living in areas without close access to COVID-19 testing clinics, as a pilot.
The Lucira Check-It at home test kits are currently available for contact-less pick up at four Access PEI sites:
The Lucira Check It Test Kit is a Health Canada- approved over-the-counter COVID-19 screening test. The Lucira Check It test is similar to a lab-based test and uses the same technology to detect the presence of the COVID-19 virus. The benefits of the Lucira Check It test is that it can be used at home and results are available in 30 minutes. In PEI, the Lucira Check It test is being used as a screening test. All positive results are considered preliminary, meaning they must be confirmed by a lab-based test. Individuals who test positive using the Lucira Check-It test must isolate and go to a provincial testing clinic to get a lab-based test.
Anyone who has used the Lucira Check-it Self-Test is asked to complete a brief survey about their experience with the kit. Please visit https://peihometestkit.questionpro.ca to complete the survey.
Test Pilot FAQ for Parents
What is the Lucira™ Check-It test?
The Lucira™ Check-It Test Kit is an approved over-the-counter COVID-19 screening test that can be used at home. The nasal (nose) swab sample is collected by an adult.
The Lucira™ Check-It test is similar to a lab-based test and uses the same technology to detect the presence of the COVID-19 virus.
The benefits of the Lucira™ Check-It test is that it can be used at home and results are available in 30 minutes.
In PEI, the Lucira™ Check-It test is being used as a screening test. All positive results are considered preliminary, meaning they must be confirmed by a lab-based test. Individuals who test positive using the Lucira™ Check-It test must isolate and go to a provincial testing clinic to get a lab-based test.
Why the pilot?
The aim of the Lucira™ Check-It pilot is to provide home COVID-19 screening tests to families with children who live in an area where there is limited access to provincial testing clinics.
Where do I get a test?
Test kits are available for pick up at Access PEI sites in areas without a regularly scheduled Covid-19 testing clinic.
- Prince County – Access PEI Tignish & Access PEI O’Leary
- Kings County – Access PEI Souris & Access PEI Montague
When should I use the Lucira™ Check-It test?
The Lucira™ Check-It Pilot is for children under the age of 12 years, who are not yet eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.
You should use the test if you child has mild symptoms of COVID-19. Those symptoms are:
- Fever (38°C or higher) / chills
- New or worsening cough
- Feeling unwell / unusual fatigue
- Body / muscle / joint aches
- Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea)
- Shortness of breath / difficulty breathing
- Sore throat
- Loss of smell and/or taste
- Runny / stuffy nose
The test can also be used for testing of school-aged children younger than 12 years who have travelled outside of the province and are recommended to be tested before returning to school.
When should I not use the Lucira™ Check-It test?
If your child is experiencing more severe symptoms, you should seek medical care immediately.
If you child has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and requires testing, either for symptoms or as advised by Public Health, you should not use the Lucira™ Check-It test. Instead, you should take your child to be tested at a provincial testing site.
If your child was diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 60 days, you should not use the Lucira™ Check-It test. Non-contagious virus particles can sometimes stick around for many weeks after someone has recovered from COVID-19, and may result in a false positive result on the Lucira™ Check-It test.
What do I do if my child has a positive test result?
A positive test result is considered a preliminary positive. This means that your child is presumed to have COVID-19 until your child can be re-tested with a lab-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. If your child’s Lucira™ Check-It test is positive, you will need to do the following:
- The child should self-isolate with a parent/guardian until arrangements can be made to take a lab-based PCR test at one of the Covid-19 Testing Clinics.
- Visit a Covid-19 Testing Clinic and identify yourself to clinic staff as a positive result on self-test kit
- Continue to self-isolate until the results of your lab-based PCR test are shared with you. Anyone who is confirmed positive with a lab-based test will be contacted by Public Health with further instructions.
What does it mean if my child has a negative test result?
A negative result means the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in your child’s sample. However, the Lucira™ Check-It test may produce some false negative test results (i.e., a result that indicates the individual is not infected with COVID-19 when in fact they are). For this reason, your child should continue to follow precautionary measures such as staying home when sick, proper cough etiquette, and frequent hand washing.
What do I do if my child has an invalid test result?
If your child has an invalid test result, you may pick up an additional test kit or visit a Covid-19 Testing Clinic.
What if I have more than one child showing symptoms? Can I receive multiple tests?
To ensure that we have enough test to supply families who need one, we would ask families to only take two kits home each time your children are experiencing symptoms.
What do I do if I my child tested negative but has ongoing symptoms?
If symptoms continue, an additional test can be taken and the individual should seek medical attention.