Testing

When to get tested

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, should consider taking a rapid antigen COVID-19 test. Frequent testing helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, at home and in the community.

If you have any concerns about your health or possible exposure to COVID-19 call the HealthLine at 811.

COVID-19 Self-test instructional video

Rapid Antigen Testing Kits (packs of 5) are available for USask students, staff, and faculty. Kits are available on a first-come, first-service basis with a limit of one kit per person, per week. Please be prepared to provide your NSID upon pickup of a kit. Test kits are available for pickup at:

  • Murray Library
  • Bookstore in Marquis Hall
  • Fit Centre
  • USSU Office (during operating hours)

The Government of Saskatchewan offers Rapid Antigen Testing Kits to the general public free of charge through participating local distribution centres throughout the province. 

Step-by-step instructions

Prior to completing an at-home COVID-19 rapid screening test please carefully review the step-by-step instructions to ensure you are safely administering the tests to provide accurate results.

Symptoms, Exposure, or Testing Positive

You must follow the isolation and reporting guidelines below if any of the following apply to you:

  • have symptoms
  • have been in close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID
  • have tested positive yourself 

Isolation guidelines

Please note that students, faculty, staff and guests must be symptom-free for 48 hours before coming onto any USask campus.


Vaccinated

  • If you are not experiencing symptoms you are not required to isolate unless you have tested positive (see below) or at the first sign of symptoms.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms you must be symptom-free for 48 hours before coming back to USask. Call 811 and follow directives.
  • If you have tested positive you must isolate for 5 days from the date of the positive test or from the onset of symptoms and must be symptom-free for 48 hours before coming back to USask

Partially/Unvaccinated (received USask accommodation)

  • If you have tested positive isolate for 10 days from the date of the positive test result or 48 hours after symptoms have ended, whichever is later.
  • If you have tested negative with no close contact:
    • and have no symptoms you can continue to come to USask’s campuses
    • and have symptoms you must be symptom-free for 48 hours before coming back to USask
  • If you have had close contact:
    • and have no symptoms you must isolate for 10 days and call 811 if symptoms develop. You may return to work if symptom-free after 10 days.
    • and have symptoms you must Isolate for 10 days and call 811 and follow all directives. You must be symptom-free for 48 hours before coming back to USask

At this time, rapid testing and PCR testing are being treated as equivalent for the purposes of tracking and reporting positive cases. Please follow the Saskatchewan Government's guidelines for requirements of confirmatory testing, if needed.

Reporting confirmed or suspected cases

Please report all cases of USask students, staff, and faculty regardless of if the person has been at a campus location or not. This will allow USask to take the appropriate actions to safeguard our community as well as provide you with available resources or support. 

If you have a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, immediately notify the university.

Reporting guidelines


Students

  • Students notify your instructors, who will notify the university

Faculty, Staff and People Leaders

  • Faculty and staff notify your people leader/supervisor
  • If someone has reported to you a confirmed or suspected/close contact see additional information below.

Additional information for faculty and people leaders

What do I do if a student in my class reports a confirmed case of COVID-19?

As per USask protocol, students will notify their course instructors if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The following is guidance on the procedure for when a student declares this information and asks for accommodation for their learning.

This guidance is subject to change with provincial regulations, Public Health standards, and USask protocols.

The instructor will, after being informed by the student, report the name and NSID of the student to the associate/vice-dean that a student in their class has reported testing positive for COVID-19.

It is not mandatory to move to remote learning in the event of a positive case. Instructors will be notified directly if alternative measures are needed.

1. REPORT

Report to associate/vice-dean that your student reports a confirmed case of COVID-19.

2. IMPLEMENT PLAN

Associate/vice-dean contacts Safety Resources who develops an incident response plan and works with Saskatchewan Health Authority.

Safety Resources
Jeff Lindsay
covid19.reporting@usask.ca
306-361-9990

3. NEXT STEPS

Safety Resources works with college/instructor on next steps.


DO

  • Direct the student to contact 811 immediately and follow direction.
  • Follow the reporting steps. Include the student’s name and NSID so reporting from multiple classes by the same person can be identified.
  • Communicate with your class using only the pre-scripted message (see below).
  • Provide remote access to learning, where possible.
  • Accept the student’s return to class without probing into medical concerns/conditions.
  • Affirm the safety protocols, masking and vaccination.
  • Inform students of the student wellness information.

DON'T

  • Do not ask for/request/or collect vaccination status, additional medical diagnosis information or details, or probe for circumstances around medical concern.
  • Do not require or collect medical documentation. The University is currently accepting student declaration of the direction they receive from SHA.
  • Do not enforce an academic penalty for any students needing accommodation or missing class.

 

What do I do if a student in my class reports a suspected/close contact case of COVID-19?

As per USask protocol, students will notify their course instructors if they suspect they have COVID-19 or have been in close contact of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The following is guidance on the procedure for when a student declares this information and asks for accommodation for their learning.

This guidance is subject to change with provincial regulations, Public Health standards, and USask protocols.

The instructor will, after being informed by the student, report the name and NSID of the student to the associate/vice-dean that a student in their class has reported testing positive for COVID-19.

It is not mandatory to move to remote learning in the event of a positive case. Instructors will be notified directly if alternative measures are needed.

1. Report 

  • Report to associate/vice-dean that your student suspects they have COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has.
  • If the student is 14 days past their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and asymptomatic, they do not need to isolate, unless directed by the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

2. Assessment

Associate/vice-dean contacts Safety Resources who develops an incident response plan and works with Saskatchewan Health Authority.

Safety Resources
Jeff Lindsay 
covid19.reporting@usask.ca
306-361-9990

3. Next steps

Safety Resources works with college/instructor on a case-by-case analysis and development of an action plan.


DO

  • Direct the student to contact 811 immediately and follow direction.
  • Follow the reporting steps. Include the student’s name and NSID so reporting from multiple classes by the same person can be identified.
  • Provide remote access to learning, where possible.
  • Accept the student’s return to class without probing into medical concerns/conditions.
  • Affirm the safety protocols, masking and vaccination.
  • Inform students of the student wellness information.

DON'T

  • Do not communicate with your class about close contacts. If needed, the college or unit will facilitate this work.
  • Do not ask for/request/or collect vaccination status, additional medical diagnosis information or details, or probe for circumstances around medical concern.
  • Do not require or collect medical documentation. The University is currently accepting student declaration of the direction they receive from SHA.
  • Do not enforce an academic penalty for any students needing accommodation or missing class.

 

 1. Stay home

2. REPORT

Contact Safety Resources who will work with the Saskatchewan Health Authority and develop an incident response plan, as needed. Please report positive cases for both remote and on-campus employees.

Safety Resources
Jeff Lindsay
covid19.reporting@usask.ca
306-361-9990

3. MONITOR

Make sure the employee follows the confirmed positive guidelines set out by SHA.

People leaders must follow the guides below depending on if your employee is vaccinated or partially/unvaccinated.

Tracking

COVID-19 campus case tracking

USask has a comprehensive campus safety and response plan for managing, reporting and responding to suspected or confirmed positive COVID-19 cases on campus. Updates on positive cases reported by our community members including when and where the confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported are available.