COVID-19 rapid testing and screening in workplaces: Information for employees

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Why rapid testing is being implemented in your workplace

Your employer has implemented a regular workplace screening initiative to protect you, your family, other workers and customers.

Screening employees at least twice a week can help to quickly identify and isolate those who have COVID-19, including those who don’t have any symptoms. Early identification helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in your workplace and in your community.

Rapid tests detect proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19. They’re fast and easy to use. Results are provided within 15 minutes.

There are no serious side effects from this type of test. You may feel some discomfort when the test is being administered.

What to expect after testing

If you test positive for COVID-19, we recommend you get a PCR test from your public health unit to confirm the diagnosis and determine if the virus is a variant.

You must follow public health guidelines and all isolation and quarantine advice given by public health officials while you wait for further test results.

If you receive a negative test result, you should continue to use all preventive measures, such as hand washing and physical distancing.

If you’ve been vaccinated, you should still take part in your workplace screening initiative. The vaccines are safe and effective, but they don’t provide complete protection against COVID-19.

You should also continue practising the public health measures that we know are effective, including wearing a mask, washing your hands often and maintaining physical distancing.

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Rapid testing in the workplace: Information for employees (infographic)

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