Updated: September 16, 2021

In support of the University of Guelph’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate, certain individuals are required to participate in rapid antigen testing in order to access U of G buildings or University-managed facilities or to live in on-campus residence.

You must participate in U of G’s rapid testing program if you are a U of G student, faculty or staff member who:

  • has a University-approved vaccination exemption, or
  • has received only one dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., one dose of Moderna or Pfizer). Once you are fully vaccinated – two weeks after your second dose – you no longer need to complete regular rapid tests.

If you don’t meet the above requirements, you can arrange for rapid testing at your own expense by contacting certain local pharmacies.

The rapid antigen test is a screening mechanism.  It 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. The Council of Ontario Medical Officers of Health has advised that rapid antigen testing cannot be used as an alternative to vaccination.

This tool does not replace the lab-based PCR testing available at testing centres in Ontario and at Student Health Services.

You must participate in U of G’s rapid testing program if you are a U of G student, faculty or staff member who:

  • has a University-approved vaccination exemption, or
  • has received only one dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine (e.g., one dose of Moderna or Pfizer). Once you are fully vaccinated – two weeks after your second dose – you no longer need to complete regular rapid tests. 

Please note: Additional groups may be required to participate in rapid testing should public health guidelines or recommendations change.

If you don’t meet the above requirements, you can arrange for rapid testing at your own expense by contacting certain local pharmacies.

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  1. Access the University of Guelph Vaccine and Exemption Request System.
    1. Submit your request for vaccine exemption. Once you have received an approved exemption, you may proceed to the next step.
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    2. Submit your first-dose vaccination status (not required for students in residence). Once you have submitted your vaccination status, you may proceed to the next step.
  2. Sign in to CourseLink, then register for and complete the Rapid Testing Course using the Self-Registration tool on your homepage.
  3. After completing the course, you will receive a confirmation email. You will need to show this confirmation email to pick up your test kits.
  4. Pick up your test kits at U of G locations (list of locations coming soon). You will be asked to provide your:
    • full name
    • central ID username (from your central login credentials)
    • email address
    • preferred phone number
    • copy of the CourseLink email that indicates you have completed the required training
  5. Complete the rapid test and obtain your results.
  6. Upload your test results via the University of Guelph Rapid Test Submission tool.
  7. If your results are negative and you are cleared by the U of G COVID-19 Daily Screening Form, you will be able to access U of G buildings and University-managed facilities.

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Undergraduate Academic Information Centre

  • University Centre, Level 1
  • Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Student Wellness

  • JT Powell Building 
  • Monday to Friday from 9 to 11:45 a.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m.

Occupational Health and Wellness (faculty and staff only)

  • Alexander Hall, Rm 179
  • Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Ridgetown campus

  • Pestell Administration Reception, Rm 102
  • Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Research stations

  • Please email Occupational Health and Wellness at ohw@uoguelph.ca and they will courier tests to you.

Students in residence

  • East Desk – open 8 a.m. to midnight
  • Prairie Desk – open 24 hours
  • Lennox Addington Desk – open 24 hours

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Individuals will be required to self-administer a nasal swab to complete the test. Faculty, staff and students required to participate in testing will receive a set of 25 tests at a time.

Complete the test at home before you come to campus.

Students living in residence should complete the test before leaving residence.

If you require assistance with testing, contact the U of G COVID-19 Call Centre at covid.calls@uoguelph.ca.

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For full instructions, complete the Rapid Testing Course on CourseLink. You must complete the Rapid Testing Course before you receive your testing kits.

View the rapid test infographic for illustrated instructions on how to use a COVID-19 rapid test.

At-Home COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Screening Steps for Self-Administration

  1. Wash your hands. Insert swab into each nostril about 1 inch and swirl 5 times.
  2. Insert the swab into the prepared tube.
  3. Swirl the swab tip in the buffer fluid for 15 seconds.
  4. Remove the swab from the vial and replace swab in packaging.
  5. Place the lid attached to the vial on top of it to create a dropper.
  6. Turn the dropper upside down and put 3 drops into the testing device well.
  7. Set a timer for 15 minutes.
  8. After 15 minutes, check the device for your test results. 
    1 red line = negative
    2 red lines = positive
  9. Add the date to the test. Take a photo of your test result and upload it to the U of G Rapid Test Submission tool.
  10. Dispose of all used test material (swab, vial and device well) in the garbage. Students in residence should dispose of used testing kits in the yellow bins found in their residence buildings. Ask your Residence Desk for information on where to find the yellow bins.
  11. Wash your hands

 Negative result: Complete the Daily Screening Form and you may proceed to campus.

         

Positive result: Do not come to campus. Please self-isolate and call Student Health Services at 519-824-4120, Ext. 52131 to book a PCR test or visit your nearest COVID-19 testing centre.

  • Students in residence – contact your RA for isolation support.

Unclear result (no lines or blurry lines): Complete another test. If still unsure, contact Student Health Services at 519-824-4120, Ext. 52131.

Positive PCR test result: Stay home – do not come to campus. For next steps, visit UofG COVID-19 page.

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Complete the test as close as possible to your arrival at a U of G campus or managed facility and no more than 72 hours before you arrive.

If you typically access U of G buildings or University-managed facilities every day or a few days each week, test yourself at least twice weekly.

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All rapid-test results must be reported through the University of Guelph Rapid Test Submission tool.     

You will be asked to indicate if the test was positive or negative and to upload a photo of the completed test. Write the date on the test before taking a photo and uploading it.

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The rapid test takes less than five minutes to administer. Results are produced after 15 minutes.

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If you receive a presumed positive result from a rapid test, DO NOT come to U of G facilities. Isolate yourself from others, arrange to receive a PCR test from a COVID-19 testing centre and complete a self-declaration form. You may book an appointment for a PCR test at Student Health Services by calling 519-824-4120, Ext. 52131.

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U of G faculty, staff and students who are required to undergo rapid testing do not have to pay to participate in this initiative. These rapid tests are currently provided by the Ontario Ministry of Health.

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Panbio rapid antigen test kits must be kept between 2 C and 30 C in accordance Ministry of Health guidelines.

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Health Canada has extended the expiry dates of these rapid testing kits for six months past the dates listed on kit items.

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Testing results will be used to confirm your compliance with the University’s vaccination requirements.  Please refer to the terms and conditions for further information.

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The University of Guelph uses Abbott Panbio testing kits provided by the Ontario Ministry of Health.

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Questions?

Contact the COVID-19 Call Centre at covid.calls@uoguelph.ca.