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:
- Submit a signed Antigen Screening Program Agreement/Commitment.
- Print, Sign, Scan & Email the agreement to email@example.com
- Please go to https://bellevillechamber.ca/order-tests and confirm your request and pickup day (Wednesday or Thursday).
- Bring the signed form to your pickup appointment.
- Watch the video at our site (required – send your “lead” tester)
- 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.
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.