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.
What if we receive positive test results?
Due to the Omicron variant’s high rate of spread, positive results from rapid antigen tests should be treated as confirmed cases of COVID-19 and do not need to be verified by a PCR test. If you receive a positive result, you and your household must isolate. To find out how long you should isolate, visit what to do if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19.
How often should individuals be tested?
3 or more times per week. (Previous recommendation: 2-3 per week.)
Where can tests be performed?
Testing may be conducted at the workplace or at home prior to travel to the workplace.
Who can be tested?
- Employees, regular contractors, regular volunteers and regular visitors of local businesses and community organizations.
- Owners of home-based businesses, including household members and others consistently in the space used for business.
- Employees and students of private career colleges (post-secondary) required to be on campus.
- Staff of private schools (K-12 schools).
Are vaccinated individuals eligible for asymptomatic screening?
Asymptomatic screening can be implemented on a voluntary basis for all eligible individuals, regardless of vaccination status.
Vaccinated individuals are eligible for asymptomatic screening.
A positive RAT should be considered confirmation of COVID, regardless of vaccination status.
When can asymptomatic testing resume after recovering from COVID?
An individual with a confirmed COVID-19 on a RAT (or PCR test) may resume asymptomatic screening 30 days after a COVID-19 infection.