COVID-19 - 2019 Novel Coronavirus

COVID-19: Rapid Testing

Rapid Test Availability

To support our community’s health and safety, COVID-19 rapid testing kits are available to those working and living on campus.

Testing is not mandatory but may help our community in better understanding their health. Remember: If you feel sick, stay home.

The University of Guelph currently has rapid antigen test (RAT) kits available to help decrease the risk of COVID-19 transmission on campus.

Designated unit contacts may order RAT kits through the Physical Resources Stockroom. Units must ensure secure, indoor, temperature-controlled storage of kits.

Unit contacts may make tests available to faculty, staff and graduate students. Tests should be administered at home. Instructions are provided with the kits.

Rapid antigen test kits are available to students living in residence. Students are encouraged to pick up kits and to test early if symptoms develop. Early testing can reduce the risk of transmission. There are different scenarios where individuals may wish to use rapid antigen tests. The examples provided below are based on public health self-isolation/monitoring requirements and do not represent a comprehensive list of use-cases.

The University will continue to provide RATs while inventory is available; however, a continuous supply of tests is not guaranteed. These tests are not intended for day-to-day COVID-19 surveillance. 

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The rapid antigen test is a convenient and effective way to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) in individuals who are not displaying symptoms.  When using a rapid antigen test to diagnose symptoms, negative test results are more reliable if testing is done frequently while symptoms are present (e.g., repeat test every 1 to 2 days when symptomatic). A single positive rapid test result is sufficient to confirm COVID-19. PCR testing is available at testing centres in Ontario and at Student Health Services for those who are eligible.

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  • Students living in residence may pick up rapid testing kits from their residence desk.
  • Directors and unit heads have been provided with ordering information. Directors and unit heads will arrange for kit distribution in their areas.
  • Check local pharmacies and grocery stores for free kits provided by the Government of Ontario.

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To complete your rapid test, refer to the instructions provided with the testing kit or view this video from the Ontario Science Table.

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If your rapid test produces a positive result, please refer to the What to do when you’re sick or have been exposed page of this site.

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Rapid antigen test kits must be kept between 2 C and 30 C, away from direct sunlight in accordance Ministry of Health guidelines.

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Health Canada has extended the expiry dates of Panbio rapid testing kits for a total shelf life of 24 months.  Expiry dates of other brands is indicated on the package.

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