** Free **Rapid Antigen Self-Screening Test Kits For Thunder Bay Area Business
What you need to know:
- These kits are free and only available to businesses with under 150 employees. Kits are only to be used for workplace screening of employees and must not be used for client testing or distribution.
- These kits are not for anyone showing symptoms related to COVID-19. Employees must immediately leave the workplace and arrange a PCR test with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU) within 24 hours if they are exhibiting symptoms.
- Each company must assign a Screening Supervisor Designate(s), who will be the contact person for The Chamber and the TBDHU.
- Once your order is received you will receive a confirmation email containing the date and time of your pick-up and all relevant reporting and reordering details.
- If you have multiple businesses, please fill out one order form per business.
DISCLAIMER: Screening kits are an added measure only, and all other PPE and distancing protocols must continue to be followed regardless of screening.
How to Administer a Rapid Test
Many thanks to Greg Durocher, President & CEO of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, for this excellent primer.
Thunder Bay Test Kit Pick-Up Info BELOW
Thunder Bay Test Kit Pickup Information
Why do this?
The latest information from Health Canada suggests that up to 1/3 of people carrying the virus are asymptomatic (ie: not showing any symptoms of illness)! Over 50% of known cases were transmitted by an asymptomatic carrier. This makes it incredibly important to find asymptomatic carriers in order to combat the spread and get to a more normalized community life.
A Covid-19 rapid screening test can be performed anywhere (i.e. at your workplace!) and does not require shipping a specimen to a lab for processing. It takes approximately 15 minutes to see the results. Frequent testing increases the chances of early identification of cases.
Employee communication is important
Strong leadership and clear communication to employees are keys to the success of workplace screening programs. It is recommended to develop strong and clear communications that are shared on signage and electronic messaging as part of your organization’s screening program.
Key messages include:
- If everyone does their part to get tested, it will help to reduce the spread of the virus and help to make our workplace safer.
- Getting a test is the best way to protect your colleagues, family, friends and loved ones. Otherwise, you might give them the virus without knowing it.
- Many people don’t know they have COVID-19 until they get very sick. Getting a test is the best way to protect yourself and get the care you need.
Step Two: Book your Test Kit Pick-Up Appointment for Your Location
Step Three: Watch the Training Video Above – or bookmark this link and watch it on Youtube
Step Four: Pick up your Test Kits:
- NOTICE: Thunder Bay’s Rapid Test Pick Up Centre is moving! Effective November 1st, Rapid Test Kits will be picked up at 34 Cumberland Street N (Whalen Bldg/Synergy North Bldg). Please park at the Van Norman Street entrance doors. Call 624-2627 to advise of your arrival. Kits will be provided/placed in your vehicle by an attendant.
- Atikokan: Atikokan Economic Development Corporation, 200-214 Main St.
- Greenstone & area: Geraldton Times Star, 401 Main Street, Geraldton
- Marathon & area: Marathon Town Hall, 4 Hemlo Drive
Please DO NOT visit the pick-up location before the scheduled time slot. Your Screening Supervisor Designate MUST have attested to having watched the training video. Kit collection will take place in a “Drive-through” method and you must remain in your vehicle at all times and wear a mask.
Step Five: Report Your Results
Step Six: Reorder Test Kits & Schedule Pick Up
How do we dispose of the testing waste?
The screen pad and vial (with the swab and buffering agent in) are considered hazardous waste. Some businesses may have the ability to dispose of this material safely. If not, then the Chamber has a disposal bin to appropriately dispose of this waste that can be accessed when refilling your order.
Place used screen pads and vials in a separate waste bag (ie: small garbage bag or large Ziploc bag) marked as biowaste – bag must be securely closed (zipped or tied) prior to delivery to Chamber pick up site for disposal. Read the Ontario Government’s Safe Handling Information here.
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Terms & Conditions
IF YOU ARE ORDERING COVID-19 RAPID ANTIGEN SCREENING KITS AS PART OF THE PROVINCIAL ANTIGEN SCREENING PROGRAM (THE “PASP”), THE FOLLOWING TERMS & CONDITIONS APPLY:
- As part of the Ministry of Health and Health Canada, you are agreeing to participate in a “Supervised Self-Screening Program” for workplace employee screening. This program is under the sole responsibility and discretion of the Province of Ontario. The Province makes no guarantees about the availability or volumes of Screening Kits that may be available.
- The Screening Kits provided by the Province to you are provided free of charge, on an “as-is” basis. Other than any warranty provided by the manufacturer, Ontario disclaims any and all representations, warranties and conditions, whether express, implied, written or oral, in relation to the Screening Kits, including fitness for use for any particular purpose.
- The Province is bound by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Ontario) and that any information provided to the Province in connection with the Program may be subject to disclosure in accordance with that Act.
- You MUST:
- Ensure that the Screening Kits are:
- Used only for the purposes of the PASP (Provincial Antigen Screening Program).
- Not resold or distributed to any other person.
- Report ALL data regarding results of the Screening Kits at https://tbchamber.ca/rapidtest-report failure to do so will result in future inability to participate in the program.
- In providing COVID-19 point-of-care antigen testing to individuals using the Screening Kits at your site, ensure compliance with all applicable laws, provincial or federal directives, and provincial or federal guidance, including:
- Ministry of Health COVID-19 Guidance: Considerations for Rapid Antigen Screening.
- Public Health Infection, Prevention and Control (IPAC) guidelines.
- Supply, at your own cost, the appropriate human resources and all equipment and supplies (other than the Screening Kits themselves) required to perform the COVID-19 point-of-care antigen testing using the Screening Kits at your site.
- Ensure that the person Supervising the COVID-19 rapid antigen testing using the Screening Kits at your site is a health professional OR is an individual that has participated in the training offered at the pickup site and has the appropriate knowledge, skills, judgement, and oversight to perform the test correctly. (It has been suggested that the Health and Safety Designate be appointed as the Screening Supervisor Designate.)
- Ensure that the Screening Kits are:
- This agreement comes into effect upon execution and shall expire on March 31, 2022, unless terminated earlier in accordance with this section. Ontario may terminate this Agreement immediately upon written notice to you if you fail to comply with any term of this Agreement. For clarity, if the agreement is terminated, you shall no longer be participating in the PASP and shall not receive any further access to screening Kits from Ontario.
- This Agreement is made under and shall be construed according to the laws of the province of Ontario and the laws of Canada applicable herein.
Waiver of Liability
In consideration of being permitted to participate in any way in the Rapid Antigen Screening Kit Program, I do hereby release, waive, discharge, and covenant not to hold the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce liable from any and all claims resulting in personal injury, accidents, or illness arising from, but not limited to, participating the in the Rapid Antigen Screening Kit program.
I also agree to indemnify and hold the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, their officers, employees, volunteers and agents harmless from any and all claims, actions, suits, procedures, costs, expenses, damages and liabilities, including fees brought as a result of my involvement in the Rapid Antigen Screening Kit program.
I have read this waiver of liability, assumption of risk, and indemnity agreement, fully understand its terms. I acknowledge that I am signing the agreement freely and voluntarily and intend by my signature to be a complete and unconditional release of all liability.