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Self-Testing

Self-testing is safe, gentle, easy to use, and provides results within 15 minutes. 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.

If you are experiencing mild cold-like symptoms including cough, sore throat, sneezing without fever, it is recommended that you stay home, use rapid antigen testing and self-isolate based on those results.

Public PCR testing continues to be available for eligible residents.

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1. Rapid Antigen Self-Testing at Home

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

Routine, voluntary testing at home will help prevent asymptomatic transmission and will reduce COVID-19 transmission in the community.

Anyone requiring a proof of negative COVID-19 test can be tested at any of the listed labs (for a fee). The lab will provide you with a verified, negative test certificate, including your name, birthday, type of test, date and time of sample collection, test result and will be signed by the test operator. Self-tests cannot be accepted as proof of negative COVID-19 test.

See the following on how to use a rapid test kit:

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2. Locations for Rapid Antigen Self Test Kits

Search the map to find a location near you:

Locations of Rapid Antigen Self Test Kits

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3. Once you have received your rapid test results

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

As of December 30, 2021, residents who receive a positive COVID-19 result on a rapid antigen test will no longer be recommended to receive a confirmatory PCR test.

  • If you are fully vaccinated: self-isolate for five days from the date of test or 48 hours after your symptoms improve, whichever is later.
  • If you are not vaccinated or partially vaccinated: self-isolate for 10 days from the date of test or 48 hours after your symptoms have ended, whichever is later.
  • Notify your close contacts. This is anyone you have been within two metres of for longer than 15 minutes.
  • Close contacts must isolate for 10 days from the date of last exposure unless they are fully vaccinated and do not have any symptoms. Use rapid antigen testing if asymptomatic, ideally between day five and seven of the 10 day isolation. If any symptoms develop or worsen, speak to your primary health care provider or contact HealthLine 811 to determine if you should seek a PCR test.
Positive Test flow chart 

Case Management: Positive Rapid Antigen Testing Results PDF

Learn more about self-isolation.

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4. Test to Protect Program

The Test to Protect program will continue to focus on sustaining healthy congregate living programs and workplaces through the early detection of COVID-19 and the prevention of outbreaks as part of the broader Self-test, Self-manage, Self-isolate strategy.

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) component of the Test to Protect program will provide self-tests (antigen tests) to SHA-led programs including health-care worker (HCWs) at home self-testing, long term care, acute care, outbreak management (OMT), and private and public emergency medical services (EMS).

SHA and Affiliate Health-Care Workers can enrol in the Test to Protect program through the steps below:

Step 1: Learn More

Read the Test to Protect FAQs

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: Set a Launch Date and Communicate the Program

Use the Test to Protect Toolkit and review the Health-Care Work specific tools as follows:

Step 4: Launch Date and 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: Training

Provide your Health-Care Workers with access to the training
Instructions for Accessing Online Training for Healthcare Worker Antigen Testing

Step 6: Test and Report

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

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

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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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