COVID-19 Business Support

Rapid Screening for Businesses

Nov 23, 2021

The Guelph Chamber of Commerce is providing small to medium sized businesses with free COVID-19 rapid screening kits.

 

PLEASE NOTE: The Guelph Chamber office will be closed from December 22 to January 4. Pickups will not be scheduled and kits will not be distributed during this time period. 

If you are interested in participating in this program, it is important that you read ALL of the information below before completing your order form. Please note that this program requires you to agree to the terms and conditions of the program, you will have to dedicate human resource(s) to administering the program, and requires you to report all of your results via our reporting tool. 

What is this program?

  • This program is part of the Provincial Antigen Screen Program (PASP) which aims to provide rapid screening as an additional safety measure to help guard against the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

What is the cost?

  • There is no cost to participate in this program, however you must commit to providing at your own cost, the appropriate human resources and all equipment and supplies (other than the Screening Kits themselves) required to perform the screening. 

Who can participate?

  • Local businesses with 1 to 150 employees or less can participate in this program.
  • This is for businesses and their employees only - businesses cannot test customers/clients/visitors and individuals cannot order kits for personal purposes.
  • If your business has 150+ employees, you can order directly through the Province here.

What is required of the employer?

To participate in this program, you must:

  • Agree to all of the program terms and conditions.  
  • Designate a representative in your organization to oversee the program (i.e. report results, order refills, monitor your supply, etc.) 
  • Report all of your results on our portal here, at least once per week. 
  • This information will be sent to the Ministry of Health but has no personal information regarding test results. 

What is the screen called and how does the screening work?

  • Currently, we have the Abbott PanBio COVID-19 Ag-Rapid tests.
  • These screens are completed through a nasal swab that is not invasive.
  • No one showing any symptoms should use these tests. Individuals showing symptoms must follow Public Health guidance and book a PCR test.

Who is screened and how often?

  • These screens are for asymptomatic employees only. No one showing any symptom of COVID-19 should use this test. Anyone showing any symptoms of COVID-19 must immediately contact public health to get a PCR test.
  • The guidance from the province (linked here) states that “In general, individuals who have previously been infected with and recovered from COVID-19 should not undergo repeat testing/antigen screening, unless otherwise directed by local public health or their health care provider as per their symptom and exposure history.” Employees who have had a COVID-19 infection and have recovered should not participate in the rapid screening. 

  • It is recommended that each employee is screened 2x per week. 
  • This program is for employees only, and cannot be ordered or used for personal purposes. 

Who can perform the screens on employees?

  • The Ontario Government authorizes “self” screening for these kits. However, each participant must watch the training video.

How do I use the screens?

  • Click here to watch a video tutorial on how to use and administer these screens.
  • Click here to read further guidance from the Province.

What happens if an employee has a positive or inconclusive result?

  • Anyone who receives a positive or inconclusive result from the screening kit must immediately self-isolate and contact public health to book an appointment for a PCR test.
  • Anyone with a positive or inconclusive result cannot be permitted in the workplace until there is a confirmed negative PCR test result from public health.

How do we dispose of the waste?

  • There are two components of these kits that are considered bio-hazardous waste (after use) - the extraction tube with the swab and buffer agent inside, and the rapid test device itself.
  • Some businesses may have the ability to dispose of this material safely. If your organization does not, there will be a disposal bin to appropriately dispose of this waste that can be accessed when you are picking up your refill order. You must bring all of your used waste inside of a sealed plastic bag (i.e. Ziploc).

What happens when I run out of screens?

  • Due to supply, each organization will get a 2 or 4 week supply.. When you're kits are 50-70% used up, it is recommended that you place a refill order. We cannot guarantee supply or turnaround time for first time or refill orders. 
  • We will not fulfill orders for anyone who has not reported their results.

What happens after I place my order?

  • Once your order is placed, we will contact you via email with a pickup date and time.
  • Please note that due to high demand, we may take up to 3-4+ business days to assign you a pickup date and time.
  • At this time, we cannot allow you to choose from a selection of pickup dates and times. If the assigned date and time does not work for you, please arrange for someone else to pickup your order for you.
  • DO NOT SHOW UP TO THE PICKUP LOCATION WITHOUT YOUR CONFIRMED PICKUP DATE AND TIME*

What happens when I arrive to pickup my order?

  • All orders will be distributed for pickup at the Guelph Chamber of Commerce office and instructions will be sent to you via email.
  • Please ensure you arrive on time for your pickup. Failure to arrive at your assigned pickup time will mean you won’t be able to pickup your kits and you’ll be placed at the bottom of the waiting list to be assigned a new date and time.
  • Masks must be worn inside the building at all times. 
  • Do not enter the building if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or if you feel unwell.

Need to split up your kit(s)?

  • Please refer to this document from the Ministry on how to split up kits to your employees.

 

Ready to order? 

BEFORE YOU PLACE YOUR ORDER, YOU WILL NEED TO COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING TASKS:
  1. Ensure you have read all of the information above. Remember, this is to test employees only. You cannot test customers/clients/family members/friends OR use this for individual purposes. 
  2. Ensure you have read the Terms and Conditions here. 
  3. Watch this video, instructing you how to perform the test (please note we will send you a follow up email with this video so you can show your employees).

PLEASE NOTE: The Guelph Chamber office will be closed from December 22 to January 4. Pickups will not be scheduled and kits will not be distributed during this time period. 

Ready to report your results? 

Questions? Please us at chamber@guelphchamber.com
Thanks to the City of Guelph, Economic Development for supporting this program.