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Rapid Antigen Self-Screening Test Kits For 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.

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.

Action Items

Step One: Complete the Provincial Antigen Screening Program Agreement below.
Step Two: Book your Test Kit Pick-Up Appointment

Thunder Bay Business Ordering & Appointments

Marathon Business Ordering & Appointments

Step Three:  Watch the Training Video
Step Four: Pick up your Test Kits at 100 Main Street (signage at pick up centre entry, just before Keefer Terminal gates/beside Harris Rebar)

Please DO NOT visit the pick-up location before the scheduled time slot. Your Screening Supervisor Designate MUST be the person collecting the screening kits and 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.

What to do upon arrival:

  1. Parallel park in front of the first garage/warehouse door – honk your horn to notify attendant of arrival.
  2. Confirm business name and sign pick-up tracking form
  3. Kits will be provided/placed in your vehicle by attendant
Step Four: Report Your Results
Step Five: Reorder Test Kits & Schedule Pick Up
Rapid Test Frequently Asked Questions

Ministry of Health Authorized Training Video

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Terms & Conditions

Overview:

  • At present, COVID-19 rapid antigen testing is primarily conducted through the provincial public health care system.
  • To assist in facilitating private sector workplace screening, the Chamber has partnered with the federal and provincial governments to assist in the distribution of approved COVID-19 Rapid Testing Devices, which currently include the Abbott Panbio™ Rapid Antigen Test and the BD Veritor™ System (collectively the “Devices”) to private businesses seeking to implement Point of Care screening (“Rapid Antigen Screening”) at their workplaces.
  • As the Business has resumed operations, or in order to continue operating, the Business has expressed interest in privately conducting asymptomatic testing and/or offering testing to employees who are not eligible for publicly-funded testing under the current COVID-19 Provincial Testing Guidance framework.[1]

Accordingly, the Chamber has agreed to provide the Business with Rapid Antigen Screening kits in accordance with the following terms:

  1. The Devices provided to the Business pursuant to the Program are provided free of charge, on an “as-is” basis, without warranties, express or implied, or representations as to accuracy, reliability, or functionality. Other than any warranty provided by the manufacturer, the Chamber disclaim any and all representations, warranties and conditions, whether express, implied, written or oral, in relation to the Devices, including fitness for use for any particular purpose.
  2. The Business acknowledges that Rapid Antigen Screening is not considered to be an effective, preventive measure for COVID-19 on its own, and does not replace public health strategies such as symptom screening, physical distancing and other requirements under applicable provincial guidelines and law, including pursuant to the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2021 (“ROA”), the Health Protection and Promotion Act (“HPPA”), the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”), the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (“EMCPA”), or any other applicable legislation.
  3. Availability of Devices is subject to distribution plans and mechanisms imposed by the federal and provincial governments, that are beyond the Chamber’s control. The Chamber make no guarantees regarding the availability or volumes of Devices.
  4. The Business shall be SOLELY AND EXCLUSIVELY RESPONSIBLE for meeting all compliance requirements that govern private sector Rapid Antigen Screening under Ontario law, including:
    1. Ontario’s Considerations for Privately Initiated Testing (“Considerations”), a current copy of which is appended as Schedule “A”. The Considerations are determined in the sole discretion of the Ontario Ministry of Health, and may be subject to change at any time. At present, the Considerations require, at a minimum:
        1. Prior to initiating testing, organizations must contact their local public health unit to make them aware that they will be engaging in a private testing program.
        2. Private testing can only be performed using one of the types of tests currently available in Ontario as per the COVID-19 Testing Guidance.
        3. Organizations should have a systematic procedure in place to provide follow up on test results.
        4. Organizations should have plans in place to respond should any individuals be exposed to, or diagnosed with, COVID-19.
        5. All positive COVID-19 tests performed using a validated test, including preliminary positive results obtained through POC antigen tests, must be reported to the local public health unit in accordance with the [Health Protection and Promotion Act or “HPPA”].

      The Business will be solely responsible for ensuring that it is complying with the most up to date requirements under the then-current version of the Considerations.

    1. The Business will be solely responsible for ensuring that all staff members or persons responsible for administering Rapid Antigen Screening at their workplace have met all applicable training requirements designated by the Ministry of Health, including but not limited to, the specific training materials for Rapid Antigen Screening listed on the COVID-19 Health System Response Materials website[2].
    2. Any applicable legislative requirements under the HPPA, including with respect to the authorized collection, retention, use and disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”), including Personal Health Information (“PHI”);
    3. Any applicable legislative requirements under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2021 (“ROA”);
    4. Any applicable legislative requirements under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (“EMCPA”);
    5. Any applicable legislative requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (“OHSA”).
  1. The Business must, on at least a weekly basis, report the following information to the Chamber via any method prescribed by the Chamber:
    1. Anonymized statistical data regarding:
      1. The number of Devices utilized within that week;
      2. The number of “preliminary positive” screening results rendered within that week;
      3. The number of “preliminary negative” screening results rendered within that week;
      4. The number of “invalid” screening results rendered within that week;

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL THE BUSINESS PROVIDE TO THE CHAMBER NOR SHALL THE CHAMBER ACCEPT, ANY PII OR PHI RELATING TO ANY PERSONS WHO PARTICIPATE IN RAPID ANTIGEN SCREENING ADMINISTERED BY THE BUSINESS. 

  1. The Business will ensure that Devices provided to the Business by the Chamber are used ONLY for the purposes of screening persons who may be required to enter the Business’ physical workplace, or any authorized use permitted by the Program.
  2. Devices provided to the Business by the Chamber shall notbe resold or distributed to any other person, under any circumstances, or used for any purpose other than any purpose related to the Program. If the Business no longer requires Devices provided to the Business pursuant to the Program, it will notify Charla Robinson at charla@69.172.204.200 to arrange for immediate retrieval of unused Devices.
  3. Any failure by the Business to meet the terms of this Agreement, including without limitation compliance with the reporting obligations identified at paragraphs 4 and 5 herein, will result in the Business’ future inability to participate in the Program.
  4. The Business agrees to indemnify and release the Chamber, including all current and former parents, subsidiaries, related companies, partnerships, or joint ventures and, with respect to each of them, their predecessors and successors; and, with respect to each such entity, all of its past, present, and future employees, officers, directors, stockholders, owners, representatives, assigns, attorneys, agents, insurers, and any other persons acting by, through, or in concert with any of the persons or entities listed in this provision, of and from any and all liability for any purpose related to the implementation of the Program and/or any issues, claims, actions, demands or legal proceedings of any sort, which may be related to the Program. For greater certainty, the Business shall be solely responsible for any and all claims, causes of action, demands, liabilities, and expenses (including legal costs) with respect to the Business’ implementation of Rapid Antigen Screening at its workplace.
  5. This Agreement is made under and shall be construed according to the laws of the province of Ontario and the laws of Canada applicable therein.

[1] Ministry of Health – COVID-19 Provincial Testing Guidance Update. Revision: March 5, 2021 – https://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/2019_testing_guidance.pdf

[2] Ministry of Health – COVID-19 Health System Response Materials – https://www.ontariohealth.ca/COVID-19/Health-System-Response-Resources#panbio

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.

Provincial Antigen Screening Program Agreement/ Commitment