Rapid Antigen testing is provided as part of the Lakehead University Mandatory Vaccine Policy. Tests are administered by a third party contracted by the University for those who meet testing criteria.
|What is Rapid Antigen Testing?|
Rapid Antigen Testing is a screening test that detects the presence or absence of the COVID-19 antigen. The test is used to potentially identify COVID-19 early and help reduce the spread of the virus and prevent outbreaks. Rapid antigen testing is used for screening purposes only, it is not a COVID-19 diagnostic test. When used regularly, rapid testing can help to identify individuals who may be infectious early on, and not yet exhibiting symptoms.
Rapid antigen testing uses a swab to collect a sample from the nose. The results are available in approximately 15 minutes.
The use of rapid tests as a screening tool provides another layer of protection for the Lakehead University community. Rapid testing is not a substitute for other public health measures such as mask wearing, and hand hygiene.
Since rapid testing is only a screening tool, a positive result is considered a “presumptive positive” case that requires a Polymerase Chain Reaction (“PCR”) test to be performed at a local laboratory to diagnose COVID-19.
|What is the criteria for receiving Rapid Antigen Testing?|
Rapid Antigen Testing is required for students and employees of Lakehead University who have an approved exemption, are awaiting a decision on an exemption or are awaiting a final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as part of the Lakehead University Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Anyone else must obtain a Rapid Antigen test from an authorized provider.
|How often do I need to get tested?|
If you are being tested because you have a valid vaccine exemption (or are awaiting your approval), you will need to be tested two times a week. Each week, the first test must take place on Monday and Thursday.
If you are being tested because you are in the process of completing your full vaccination series, you will need to be tested two times a week until 14 days after your final vaccine. Each week, the first test must take place on Monday and the second test must take place on Thursday.
|Where and when do I get tested?|
Thunder Bay Campus
Please note that holiday closures will affect testing availability and locations will change in 2022.
|What do I need to bring with me for rapid testing?|
You will need to bring two forms of identification (one must be your Lakehead ID) each time you are tested. Before you can get tested for the first time you must complete a consent form and bring it to Student Health and Wellness.
|How long will the test take?|
The results are available in approximately 15 minutes.
|What happens if my rapid test is positive?|
If your Rapid Antigen screening test is positive, you must have the result checked with a regular laboratory PCR test within 48 hours and you will need to self-isolate until you receive clearance from the entity administering the PCR test. Further, directions are outlined in the Handout: What to do if you have a positive COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test. Information on PCR testing may be obtained from the nearest public health unit.
Once you receive a confirmatory laboratory PCR test result and follow directions provided from the testing PCR COVID Assessment Centre you will need to notify Lakehead University to gain clearance to attend campus.