• N.S. workplace COVID-19 test program criteria changing

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    The Halifax Chamber of Commerce has been distributing workplace rapid COVID-19 tests in collaboration with Nova Scotia Health, but the criteria for qualifying businesses is about to change.
    There are over 900 companies across the province taking advantage of this free program, according to a news release.
    Recently, “at home” workplace testing has been approved for employers enrolled in the program, making implementation easier, while workplace rapid testing will continue to be part of the early detection program for the province.
    The program has been open to any business that had expressed interest in providing asymptomatic testing, but on Oct. 4 the program entry requirements are changing. After that date, new applications will only be approved for target sectors considered to have higher risk factors.
    Establishments interested in joining the program before the new parameters take effect should complete a workplace screening intake form through novascotia.ca. All organizations applying before Oct. 4 will be accepted under the current criteria.