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Rapid Testing

"Rapid testing" refers to safe and simple point of care COVID-19 testing that delivers a result in about 15-minutes. Most tests can be used with a nasal swab, which takes only a few seconds to collect a sample using use a swab that goes into the upper part of each nostril.

The COVID-19 – Test to Protect Program is aimed at supporting community-based services in sustaining healthy congregate living programs and workplaces through the early detection of COVID-19 and the prevention of outbreaks.

Along with appropriate training, rapid testing will be phased and offered to all organizations, agencies and businesses. Intake will be prioritized based on those at the highest risk of exposure, or poor outcome from COVID-19.

Those who test positive through the antigen program MUST immediately self-isolate as per the Public Health Order and receive a confirmatory test through an SHA testing facility, which will determine the ongoing need for isolation and contact tracing.

There are currently two ways the SHA is offering the Test-to-Protect program: Community Intake for any community agency business, clinic or industry; and Health Care Worker Intake for any SHA or Affiliate Health Care Worker employee. Basic information and enrollment steps are shown below:

Community Steps to Test SHA and Affiliate Health Care Worker Steps to Test

Step 1: Learn More

Read the Community Testing FAQs.

Step 1: Learn More

Read the Health Care Worker at Home Testing Program FAQ

Step 2: Apply

  1. Review the sample Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Agreementto get a better understanding of what is required for the testing program.
  2. Download the Intake form to your computer, fill it out in Adobe Reader and email your completed form to antigentestingintake@saskhealthauthority.ca. (Do not attempt to edit directly in a browser)

Step 2: Plan

Local Site Lead establishes HCW testing plan, hubs & confirms HCWs served. Contact us to learn more or to submit your plan.

Step 3: Approval & MOU Agreement

  • Approved applications will be enlisted based on a prioritized population approach.
  • Once approved, you must sign an MOU Agreement with the Saskatchewan Health Authority. This is required to ensure appropriate provincial regulations and reporting are followed.
  • The MOU Agreement must be returned within one week of receiving. Failure to return the MOU Agreement will move your application to the bottom of the intake sequencing.
  • Once your facility/agency is approved, you will be provided with access to the self-serve training.

Step 3: Set a Launch Date & Communicate the Program:

Read the ;how-to guide to learn how to use the Test to Protect Toolkit and review the Health Care Work specific tools as follows:

Step 4: Training & Supplies

Your Agency must complete the online training module provided and supported by the Saskatchewan Health Authority*
*Training is not required for individual agencies utilizing a third-party contractor who is approved by the Saskatchewan Health Authority to provide testing services.

Based on the information provided on your application, once approved and enrolled in the program, your supplies will automatically be issued at the time of training.

Step 4: Launch Date & Supplies

The Local Site Lead will email the proposed launch date and pending provincial roll-out plans.

Once approved, supplies will be issued to the facility supply store as ordered from your centralized SHA supply hub.

Step 5: Communicate the Program

Read the how-to guide to learn how to use the Test to Protect Community Toolkit.

Toolkit:

  1. Test to Protect Key Messages, Q&A and Glossary for Community Testing
  2. Test to Protect Information Sheet for Patients, Residents, Clients and Families
  3. Test to Protect Testing Positive Patient Handout
  4. Test to Protect Testing Positive Script
  5. Test to Protect Testing Negative Patient Handout
  6. Test to Protect Testing Negative Script
  7. Test to Protect Testing Site Poster Template
  8. Social Story- Getting Tested
  9. Test to Protect Application Intake Form
  10. Test to Protect Sample MOU

Step 5: Training

Provide your Health Care Workers with access to the training

Instructions for Accessing Online Training for Healthcare Worker Antigen Testing

Step 6: Test & Report

Start testing and report your results using the online tool provided to you in your training package.

Step 6: Test & Report

Start testing your teams and report your results using the online reporting form.

Step 7: Questions?

Email us at:Antigentestingintake@saskhealthauthority.ca

Step 7: Questions?

Questions about your test or screening for work? Call the OH&S Hotline at 1‑833‑233‑4403

General Questions? Email us at:
HCWantigentesting@saskhealthauthority.ca

Many priority sectors may not have the capacity to use the rapid tests on their own, so the Ministry of Health is working with SaskBuilds and Procurement to recruit third-party providers to deliver tests. Recruitment is conducted through a Request for Pre-Qualifications (RFPQ). Third-party contractors will enhance the number and variety of venues where rapid testing is offered. Interested businesses can find the tender posted to SaskTenders (Search keywords "Rapid Antigen Testing" or competition #7983). If your facility/organization requires support by a third- party to conduct testing, simply identify that on the intake form and your application will be directed to the third-party matching process.

* Point-of-care rapid antigen tests should only be done on people not experiencing COVID symptoms. Anyone with symptoms should go for a COVID test at the current testing sites or drive-thru testing options where they will receive a PCR test. Individuals with symptoms can phone 811 to book a test as well.

Rapid testing in schools

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