Effective Friday, September 17, a province-wide mandatory masking order will be implemented for all indoor public spaces. 

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Self-Testing

Self-testing is safe, easy to use, provides results within 15 minutes and, most importantly, is gentle. Self-tests only take a few seconds to collect a sample using a swab that goes into the soft part of each nostril. These tests can be done almost anywhere, at any time to see if you may have COVID-19.

* Point-of-care rapid antigen self-tests should only be done on people not experiencing COVID symptoms (asymptomatic). Anyone with symptoms should go for a COVID test at the SHA's current testing sites or drive-thru testing options PCR test. Individuals with symptoms can phone 811 to book a test as well.

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1. Rapid Antigen Self-Testing at Home

With an increased delivery of rapid antigen test kits to the province, the SHA is expanding delivery to make a supply available to the general public to support asymptomatic COVID-19 surveillance.

Routine, voluntary testing at home will help prevent asymptomatic transmission to those who are not able to be vaccinated and will reduce COVID-19 transmission in the community.

Self-tests are to be used only as a screening tool. The recommendation to seek PCR testing through the Saskatchewan Health Authority and stay home at the first-sign of any symptoms will continue.

See the Self-Test Guide for self-testing at home.

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2. Locations for Rapid Antigen Self Test Kits

Kits will be distributed free to the general public through participating locations throughout the province. Tests will also be provided to First Nations communities across the province through a provincial allocation to Indigenous Services Canada.

Note that these testing kits do not come individually packaged but are in bundles so kits will be distributed quickly. Availability will be based on the locations' hours of operation and supply. Self-testing kits will be available first come, first served with one kit per household at this time.

Location City Address Times Notes
Humboldt & District Chamber of Commerce Humboldt 201 8th Avenue Tuesday (9am-noon)
Wednesday (9am-noon)
 
Kindersley & District Chamber of Commerce Kindersley 903 11th Avenue East Tuesday (10am-3pm)
Thursday (10am-3pm)
Closed Nov 11
Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce Lloydminster # 2 -1808 50th Avenue Tuesday (9am-noon)
Thursday (9am-noon)
** except Oct 21 & Nov 11
Maple Creek Maple Creek 222 Jasper Street Tuesday (10am-5pm)  
Meadow Lake & District Chamber of Commerce Meadow Lake 902 Highway 4 South Monday (9am-noon)
Friday (9am-noon)
 
Melfort Trade Alliance Chamber of Commerce Melfort 202 Burrows Street W    
Melville & District Chamber of Commerce Melville 430 Main Street Tuesday (9am-noon)
Thursday (9am-noon)
Closed Nov 11
Moose Jaw & District Chamber of Commerce Moose Jaw 88 Saskatchewan Street East Monday (830am-noon)
Thursday (1pm-4pm)
Closed Nov 11
Nipawin & District Chamber of Commerce Nipawin 214 Railway Avenue East Tuesday (1pm-4pm)
Wednesday (1pm-4pm)
 
Battlefords Chamber of Commerce North Battleford Junctions of Highways 16 & 40 East Monday (1pm-4pm)
Thursday (1pm-4pm)
Closed Nov 11
Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce Prince Albert 3700 2nd Avenue West Tuesday(1pm-4pm)
Wednesday (1pm-4pm)
 
Regina & District Chamber of Commerce Regina 2145 Albert Street Tuesday (8am-noon)
Thursday (noon-4pm)
Closed Nov 11
Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Regina 200-2221 Cornwall Street Monday (1pm-4pm)
Wednesday (9am-noon)
 
Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce Saskatoon 100-345 4th Avenue South Tuesday (1pm-4pm)
Thursday (1pm-4pm)
 
Swift Current & District Chamber of Commerce Swift Current #4 - 240 Central Avenue N Friday (11am-2pm)  
Swift Current Fire Department Swift Current 236 Chaplin Street East Monday-Friday
(8am-430pm)
 
Tisdale & District Chamber of Commerce Tisdale 901 11 Street Tuesday (2pm-4pm)
Thursday (2pm-4pm)
Closed Nov 11
Prairie Sky Chamber of Commerce Warman 101 Klassen St, Unit 2 Thursday (1pm-4pm)
Friday (1pm-4pm)
 
City of Warman Warman 501 Centennial Boulevard, Warman Monday-Friday
(7am-3pm)
 
Weyburn Chamber of Commerce Weyburn 11 - 3rd Street NE Monday (8am-430pm)
Wednesday (8am-430pm)
 
Additional locations will be added soon        
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3. Once you have received your rapid test results

See the Resources for Positive Self-Test Results Guide and a Negative Self-Test Results Guide.

Those receive a positive result on a self-test should call HealthLine 811 for directions on masking, isolation and arrange to receive a confirmatory lab test (PCR test) through a Saskatchewan Health Authority COVID-19 testing centre. While these self-tests do not diagnose COVID-19, they are effective in screening people who may be COVID-positive, but have no symptoms and require further investigation.

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4. Test to Protect Program for congregate living settings, workplaces

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, self-testing continues to be offered to all organizations, agencies and businesses to test staff in order to help prevent outbreaks. Intake application forms are prioritized based on those at the highest risk of exposure, or poor outcome from COVID-19.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is offering self-testing through the Test to Protect program. Self-tests are available for congregate settings such as long term care, personal care homes, schools, shelters, and detox facilities group homes; for SHA health care workers, first responders, dentists, and pharmacists; and for all workplaces, community businesses, agencies and organizations. 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 Test to Protect FAQs.

Step 1: Learn More

Read the Test to Protect FAQs

Step 2: Apply

  1. Review the sample Test to Protect Registration Checklist to get a better understanding of what is required for the testing program.
  2. Download the Test to Protect Intake Application 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 & Registration Checklist

  • Approved applications will be enlisted based on a prioritized population approach.
  • Once approved, you will receive a Test to Protect Registration Checklist that will guide you through the steps to set up a successful testing program for your organization or facility.
  • Send a copy of this completed and signed checklist to our team at antigentestingintake@saskhealthauthority.ca to ensure the launch of your program includes training, supplies and the set up processes to keep your program, and ours, working efficiently.

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

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 and Frequently Asked Questions
  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 Registration Checklist
  11. Test to Protect Playbook
  12. Saskatchewan Test to Protect Self-Swab Video
  13. Abbott Panbio Nasal Collection Training Video (May 28, 2021)
  14. BD Veritor System - Set-Up and Use Video (May 28, 2021)
  15. Instructions for Accessing Online Training for Community Point of Care Antigen Testing – Abbott Panbio (June 10, 2021)
  16. Instructions for Accessing Online Training for Community Point of Care Antigen Testing – BD Veritor

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. If your facility/organization requires support by a third- party to conduct testing, identify that on the intake form and your application will be directed to the third-party matching process.

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5. Resources

Included are guides for using the test kits, for those who have both positive and negative test results, as well as resources for participating distribution locations including a guide for testing distribution sites and posters.

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