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The Belleville and neighbouring Chambers of Commerce, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Ontario and Canadian governments, have launched the COVID-19 Rapid Screening Initiative. Through this initiative, local chambers of commerce will roll out free rapid tests for small- and medium-sized businesses.

The goal with this program is to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace by people who do not have any symptoms. 

It is estimated that 30% of people who spread the virus have no symptoms.

Rapid antigen testing must not be considered as a replacement for the mandatory health screening survey your employees complete daily.

These tests are only for use when an employee has passed the daily health screening survey.

It is recommended the tests be used on a consistent basis and most businesses will administer them 2 times/week.

REQUIREMENTS OF PARTICIPATION:

Kits are being provided free of charge through the federal/provincial government. (They may not to be used for resale)

The cost to you is mostly in time and resources at your location to safely store, test, report and dispose of used tests. 

Before you place your order, please read the attached “Employer’s Requirements” to review the details to ensure you can accommodate the programs.  If you can manage the logistics, then follow these steps:

  1. Submit a signed Antigen Screening Program Agreement/Commitment.
  1. Please go to https://bellevillechamber.ca/order-tests and confirm your request and pickup day (Wednesday or Thursday).
  2. Bring the signed form to your pickup appointment.
  3. Watch the video at our site (required – send your “lead” tester)
  4. Prepare to report aggregate results (these are sent through us to the Ministry and are anonymous)

We are still working on details for the disposal of the used tests – considered biomedical waste.

ORDER TESTS

The COVID-19 Rapid Screening Initiative will provide free rapid antigen tests for employees of small and medium-sized businesses.  Businesses (including non-chamber members) with 150 employees or less are welcome to participate in this program. The goal of the program is to identify asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 in the workplace that might otherwise be missed, helping to curb the spread in the workplace, at home and around the community in the Quinte region.

The Initiative was first successfully piloted in the Waterloo region by the Greater Kitchener Waterloo and Cambridge Chambers of Commerce in partnership with Communitech, the Government of Ontario and Government of Canada. .

“Rapid testing is one of the key ways to keep workplaces as safe as possible during the pandemic as we wait for vaccinations to roll out. It will be an essential part of curbing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities so that we can get on the path to economic recovery faster,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

CLICK HERE to submit RA Results

 

 

 

 

Chamber Members SAVE on products and services. Check out these Member 2 Member Offers.

OSM Website design - SAVE on services.
St. John Ambulance - Discount on training
Belleville & District Shrine Club
RBC - Save on Bank charges
Parsons Cleaners Member offer - 10% OFF
Allen Insurance - Exclusive Chamber Member Rates
Esso Chamber
Superior Propane - Save 5% on fixed price propane
Shoppers Drug Mart - Save 20% on Thursdays
Jesan Property Maintenance - SAVE 10%
Stirling Festival Theatre - Group Discounts available to members
Be Prepared First Aid Traning - 15% off
Dinkles & Paulos Restaurants - 10% OFF
Group Benefit Plan for Chamber Members
Papa Johns Pizza Member Offer- 25% off
Cloud Bookkeeping Services - 10% OFF
Body Systems Nutrition - 15% OFF purchases.
Constant Contact Chamber Member Offer
NRG Alternatives - 10% Discount
St. John Ambulance - Discount on training
Stirling Festival Theatre - Group Discounts available to members
OSM Website design - SAVE on services.
Be Prepared First Aid Traning - 15% off
Belleville & District Shrine Club
Cloud Bookkeeping Services - 10% OFF
RBC - Save on Bank charges
Parsons Cleaners Member offer - 10% OFF
Body Systems Nutrition - 15% OFF purchases.
Jesan Property Maintenance - SAVE 10%
NRG Alternatives - 10% Discount
Allen Insurance - Exclusive Chamber Member Rates
Papa Johns Pizza Member Offer- 25% off
Shoppers Drug Mart - Save 20% on Thursdays
Dinkles & Paulos Restaurants - 10% OFF
Esso Chamber
Constant Contact Chamber Member Offer
Superior Propane - Save 5% on fixed price propane
Group Benefit Plan for Chamber Members
Esso Chamber
Stirling Festival Theatre - Group Discounts available to members
Cloud Bookkeeping Services - 10% OFF
Belleville & District Shrine Club
St. John Ambulance - Discount on training
Be Prepared First Aid Traning - 15% off
Constant Contact Chamber Member Offer
Jesan Property Maintenance - SAVE 10%
Shoppers Drug Mart - Save 20% on Thursdays
Papa Johns Pizza Member Offer- 25% off
Parsons Cleaners Member offer - 10% OFF
OSM Website design - SAVE on services.
Superior Propane - Save 5% on fixed price propane
RBC - Save on Bank charges
Group Benefit Plan for Chamber Members
NRG Alternatives - 10% Discount
Allen Insurance - Exclusive Chamber Member Rates
Dinkles & Paulos Restaurants - 10% OFF
Body Systems Nutrition - 15% OFF purchases.