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andym
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07/21/2021 11:51PM  
Because COVID tests are being required to go to Canada and paddle there, I thought a thread just on test sources might be worthwhile. I am only posting tests that I think could be useful. But, of course, make sure that Canada will accept any test before you try to travel.

Note that I haven't used these testing methods but had looked into them. I have had a blood draw at a Labcorp testing site for a national study of the response of immunocompromised patients to the vaccine. Their computer system for getting test results back was easy and efficient.

Most county health departments and medical facilities offer testing that may well be fast enough.

Amazon COVID-19 Test Collection Kit: this is a $40 kit that they ship to you with free delivery and and express return shipping. You collect the sample at home, return it, and they provide results within 24 hours of when they get it.

Lucira Check It : this is a $55 at home collection and test kit that gives results of similar accuracy to PCR in 30 minutes or less. However, the method is RT-LAMP which is not quite the same as RT-PCR. There is a system to get a Luci Pass on a smartphone. Two potential drawbacks: it is currently out of stock and whether it is actually acceptable to places that want a PCR test.

Labcorp is a big, national medical testing company and has a system for at home collection and returning a sample to them for PCR testing. They say that they return results in 24-48 hours after they receive the sample. So that might be borderline for a 72 hour requirement.
 
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yellowcanoe
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07/22/2021 10:17AM  
Hopefully others will chime in with sites that do inperson testing and email you the results.

Our mail delivery is sporadic and express shipping does not work in our area due to postal hub issues ( and we have to drive 20 miles to the PO) . I am sure that others have similar issues.
 
toothmiester
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07/23/2021 08:57PM  
From what I have read you need to have a PCR/ molecular test and a lot of rapid testa are antigen tests which are not accepted by customs. I am still researching this.
 
07/24/2021 06:03AM  
Here's the official list of accepted tests. The 'instant' tests are not listed. We plan to be tested the day before we leave western NC for the two-day drive to Ontario. We should receive test results while on the road and be able to upload the info to ArriveCAN before crossing the border.

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billconner
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07/24/2021 06:16AM  
You can get an RT- PCR home test for under $100. I have to wonder about the timing, like is the lab work within 72 hours or when does it start? Overnighting test to lab and then the lab taking 24-48 hours will make timing tight.

 
toothmiester
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07/24/2021 06:58AM  
Walgreens offers a 24 hour molecular test
 
07/24/2021 04:12PM  
CVS offers drive up testing in all but 12 States. Over 4500 locations. Check their website for a store near wherever you live.
 
billconner
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07/24/2021 06:00PM  
CVS says not within 100 miles, and Walgreens near seems mot to offer PCR. I'll just drive to them and ask to be sure. Not sure web site was working. Kinney's says 3-5 days.
 
andym
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07/24/2021 07:03PM  
From my sister’s experience with international travel, it is from when the sample was taken. How that gets clearly measured when sending in a home test, I don’t know.

Note that the Canadian guidelines, posted by trailzen, include RT-LAMP and that is the method used by Lucira. So it might pass muster. It is also approved for use within Canada. So they have heard of it. Now if it was just in stock.
 
toothmiester
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07/24/2021 08:48PM  
Not all Walgreens are offering the PCR test so you have to call and find out.
 
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