Officers with the Treaty Three Police Service are taking part in a COVID-19 pilot project to help the province respond to the virus.

Officers have been receiving rapid COVID-19 testing in conjunction with the Kenora Chiefs Advisory and WNHAC. The Employer Antigen Screening Pilot will assess the value of a rapid antigen test as an employee screening tool for a variety of workplaces.

“This pilot project enables us to provide an added layer of protection for our Treaty #3 communities. I commend all our staff for participating in this important project as we continue to analyze preventative measures of COVID-19,” says Chief of Police Kai Liu.

“This health initiative has come together as the result of a strong collaborative partnership with Kenora Chiefs Advisory, Waasegiizhig Nanaandawe'iyewigamig, and Ontario Ministry of Health, with a special appreciation to Grand Council Treaty #3 for their continued advocacy of health safety in our communities.”

The test can be performed anywhere, and does not require shipping a specimen to a lab for processing. It’s administered through a nasal swab and takes about 15 minutes to receive a result.

"I am delighted to see that our Treaty Three Police service is part of the pilot program to assess rapid testing for COVID-19,” said Greg Rickford, MPP Kenora-Rainy River - Minister of Indigenous Affairs & Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines.

“It is great to know that this testing is taking place right here in the northwest and I truly appreciate the volunteer efforts by Treaty Three Police leadership and staff to partake in this important learning for rapid testing. Miigwetch."

Testing began on December 9 and will be performed weekly until March 31, 2021, when the project is expected to end. Ontario is monitoring additional rapid testing devices to expand the pilot program in the future.

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