The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce has received 50,000 rapid COVID-19 test kits from the province to distribute to local businesses.
“Businesses are in a difficult position right now as they try to provide the goods and services we rely on while managing the potential for COVID cases to spread,” said Karen Cross, the chamber’s CEO.
“These tests offer one more tool in their arsenal to help them protect their customers and employees while continuing to operate their businesses,” Cross continued.
According to a news release sent out Thursday, its will be available at no charge to businesses with 150 employees or fewer in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington region.
Each business will be afforded a two-week supply, which will allow two tests per week, per employee.
The businesses will have to track their results and report them back to the chamber, which will then be shared with the province. Any positive results must be reported to the local health unit.
The rapid antigen detection tests can provide COVID-19 results in as little as 15 minutes and can be used by non-medical personnel. They are 90 per cent accurate, the chamber says.
The test kits can be picked up at the Alliance Business Centre, at 299 Concession St., in Kingston, which will be run by volunteers, Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.