Effective July 11, 2021, Saskatchewan entered Step Three of the Re-Opening Roadmap and the public health order relative to COVID-19 was lifted. All restrictions related to the public health order were removed as of that date.

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Rapid Testing

"Rapid testing" refers to safe and simple point of care COVID-19 testing that delivers a result in 15 minutes. Rapid antigen tests use a simple nasal swab. It takes only a few seconds to collect a sample using 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 is 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 using a rapid antigen test should contact Healthline 811 to book a confirmatory lab test at a testing site, and for further instructions on the need to self-isolate.

The SHA is offering rapid tests through the Test-to-Protect program. Rapid tests are available for congregate settings such as long term care, personal care homes, shelters, detox facilities group homes and schools; for SHA Health Care Workers, first responders, dentists, and pharmacists; and for workplaces. 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, 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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