Testing

Rapid testing and self-monitoring program

Faculty, staff and students who are not fully vaccinated or choose to not disclose their vaccination status are required to complete the following to continue accessing USask campuses after September 13:

  1. Complete the Daily Screening Symptom Check.
  2. Complete at home rapid COVID-19 screening tests twice a week (see below for acquiring kits).
  3. Upload results to the COVID Testing/Symptom Check channel in PAWS.

Negative 

If your result is negative, you will be able to proceed with your on-campus activities for the week.


Positive

Individuals who receive a positive test result will not be allowed on campus, required to self-isolate, complete the online screening questionnaire and book an appointment for a Saskatchewan Health Authority test.


How to complete a COVID-19 rapid screening test

  • rapid testing should take place at home, as close as possible prior to coming to campus
  • completing the rapid tests approximately 48-72 hrs apart depending on when you typically visit (if you typically visit campus every day or a few days between Monday and Friday, screen at a minimum of twice per week / 72 hours, e.g., on Monday and Thursday)
  • the rapid tests take less than five minutes to administer and 15 minutes to obtain results
  • the rapid tests are self-administered with a front of nose swab
Covid 19 Self-Test Instructional Video

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.

Acquiring testing kits

  • At-home screening kits will be provided to students and employees who are eligible for the rapid testing program.
  • A supply of the rapid screening kits will be available to pick up at three different locations.
  • Individuals must provide their USask NSID at time of pick up.

Pick up locations

Saskatoon locations

Merlis Belsher Place - Main lobby
Tuesday and Fridays 9 am-noon

Research Annex Through Entrance B; Table outside of Rm 150
Monday/Wednesday/Thursday 1-4 pm

Health Sciences Library - Outside Main Doors
Tuesday and Fridays 9 am-noon


Prince Albert location

Wellness Office, Room 168
Monday and Thursdays 1–2:30 p.m.


Regina location

4400-4th Ave., outside the entrance (enter the property at the 3rd and Connaught Street Entrance, may need to park on street)
by appointment only Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30am-4:30pm

  • To make an appointment for Regina location: contact nursing.regina@usask.ca or call 306-337-3800, option 0 to book a time.
  • Picking up a kit: upon arrival at time of appointment, call (306-337-3800, option 0) and a kit will be delivered.

Monitor your health

Stay home if you are sick

If you are sick, it is imperative that you stay home and do not spread your illness. Even if it is not COVID-19, please stay home and monitor your symptoms. Regardless of your vaccination status, it is mandatory that you should be symptom-free for 48 hours prior to returning to campus/work.

If you are concerned or unsure how to stay safe on campus you can take USask's COVID-19 safety training (under Safety Resources)

When to get tested

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are mild, should get tested immediately.

Consider getting frequently tested for COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, at home and in the community. USask students who meet the eligibility requirements can book COVID-19 rapid screening test appointments at the Student Wellness Centre.

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

Self Reporting - confirmed or suspected cases

Immediately notify the university if you have a confirmed case of COVID-19 or if you suspect you have COVID-19 as well if you have come in close contact of a positive or suspect case. 

This will allow USask to take the appropriate actions to safeguard our community as well as provide you with available resources or support.

Students

What do I do if I have a confirmed case of COVID-19?

1. STAY HOME

  • Do not come to campus or attend class in-person.
  • Follow Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) guidance.

2. REPORT

Notify your instructor about your positive (+) test result using the mechanism noted in the course syllabus/outline.

3. MONITOR

  • Stay home until symptoms subside and you are no longer COVID-19 positive.
  • Work with your instructor regarding any missed course work or assessments.

 

What do I do if I have a suspected COVID-19 case? (Unvaccinated close contact/symptomatic)

1. STAY HOME

  • Do not come to campus or attend class in-person before calling 811, even if you are fully vaccinated.
  • Follow their guidance re: testing, isolation, etc.
  • If you are 14 days past your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and asymptomatic, you do not need to isolate, unless directed by Public Health.

2. REPORT/TEST

Notify your instructor about your absence via the mechanism noted in the course syllabus/outline.

3. MONITOR

  • Stay home until symptoms subside and you are no longer COVID-19 positive.
  • Work with your instructor regarding any missed course work or assessments.

 

Faculty/Instructors

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

As per USask protocol instructors will be notified of individuals in their courses who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and/or, should it have impact on their on-campus learning presence, those who have been designated as having been in close contact with 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 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
jeff.lindsay@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).
  • Accommodate their learning adaptation to the best of your ability.
  • 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 instructors will be notified of individuals in their courses who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and/or, should it have impact on their on-campus learning presence, those who have been designated as having been in close contact with 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
jeff.lindsay@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.
  • Accommodate their learning adaptation to the best of your ability.
  • 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.

 

Employees

What do I do if I have a confirmed case of COVID-19?

1. STAY HOME

  • Do not come to campus.
  • Follow the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s (SHA) guidance re: isolation, etc.

2. REPORT

  • Notify your supervisor/unit of positive case.
  • Supervisors will follow existing USask guidelines.

3. MONITOR

Stay home until symptoms subside and you are no longer COVID-19 positive.

 

What do I do if I have a suspected COVID-19 case? (Unvaccinated close contact/symptomatic)

1. STAY HOME

  • Do not come to campus before calling 811, even if you are fully vaccinated.
  • Follow their guidance re: testing, isolation, etc.
  • If you are 14 days past your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and asymptomatic, you do not need to isolate, unless directed by Public Health.

2. REPORT/TEST

  • Notify your supervisor/unit.
  • You may need to get tested based on guidance from the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA).

3. MONITOR

  • Stay home until test is confirmed negative and/or for at least 48 hours or until symptoms subside.
  • If the test is positive, follow the confirmed positive guidelines set out by SHA.

 

Supervisors/People Leaders

Tracking

COVID-19 campus case tracking

The university has a comprehensive campus safety and response plan for managing, reporting and responding to suspected or confirmed positive COVID-19 cases on campus.

Daily updates on positive cases reported by our community members on and off-campus, including when and where the confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported.