SGEI asks that all individuals that have not received at least two Covid-19 vaccinations complete regular rapid antigen tests at home, twice per week, and upload their results to SGEI’s screening portal to be admitted to an SGEI campus. SGEI’s screening portal will automatically prompt you to upload your rapid antigen test twice per week. If you are coming to campus, please allow for enough time in the morning to complete your rapid antigen test before coming to campus.
For more information, read the Government of Ontario’s Rapid Antigen point-of-care guidelines here.
Learn more about making an informed decision regarding the Covid-19 vaccine here.
Where to get your rapid antigen tests
Fort Frances campus
Call or text:
Skylar Carlson, Pandemic Coordinator
9 to 11 am
Brigitte Loeppky’s office
Tuesdays and Thursdays
9 to 11 am
Rachel Sitar’s office
Please report to the main office if you need directions
Sioux Lookout campus
Friday, December 10, 2021
10 am to 4 pm
Health Discipline office
Friday, December 17, 2021
9 to 11 am
Health Discipline office
What to do if you test positive
A positive rapid antigen result means that you may be infected with COVID-19. However, antigen tests may occasionally produce false-positive results, and you will need a regular laboratory PCR test to confirm your result. Below are the steps to follow if you get a positive rapid antigen result.
Step 1: Upload your results
If you receive a positive test, you are required to submit your rapid antigen test result to the online portal even though you can no longer come to campus.
Step 2: Confirm your results
Get a PCR test as soon as possible (ideally within 48 hours) at a local COVID-19 assessment centre, participating licensed community lab, or specimen collection centre, where available.
To get a COVID-19 test, you must contact the assessment centre in your community and schedule an appointment:
- Fort Frances- (807) 274-3261 Ext.4913
- Kenora- (807) 468-9861 ext. 2483
- Sioux Lookout- (807) 737-5880
Step 3: Self-isolate
Self-isolate at home and do not come to campus until you receive your confirmatory test result. This means that you should only leave your home for critical reasons (like a medical emergency) and avoid contact with other people (including your household members). If your confirmatory test is positive, you will need to continue self-isolating, and your local public health unit will be in contact with you.
Step 4: Contact SGEI
Notify SGEI’s Pandemic Coordinator or Director of Human Resources that you are awaiting confirmatory test results. Your test results are considered confidential information and are only shared with human resources and our pandemic coordinator. You do not need to disclose to your manager or instructor the result of your rapid antigen test.
If you require accommodations from your instructor/employer, please let us know and we will advocate for this on your behalf.
Step 5: Returning to campus
You must provide proof of a negative PCR test result to return to an SGEI campus. Please contact the Pandemic Coordinator or Director of Human Resources once you have received your PCR test results.
Frequently asked questions
What is Rapid Antigen Testing?
Rapid Antigen Testing is a screening test that detects the presence or absence of the COVID-19 antigen. 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.
How do I know what days to test?
SGEI’s screening portal will automatically prompt you to upload your rapid antigen test twice per week.
Can I complete the test the night before I come to campus?
Yes, you can complete the rapid antigen test the evening before you come to campus. Be sure to take a photo when you complete your test and upload it to SGEI’s portal the morning you are required to submit your test. Do not complete a test earlier than the evening before the test results are due.
Will this data be shared?
Your test results will be kept secure and confidential and will only be shared with the designated personnel responsible for monitoring the rapid testing program. All results will be anonymously submitted to the ministry of health, without any identifying information attached.
Do I need to pay for the testing kits?
Testing kits will be provided free of charge and can be picked up at a designated time and place for each campus. Please see the dates and times for your campus above.
Looking for more information?
Ask our Pandemic Coordinator