COVID-19 Rapid Testing
THE PROGRAM DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL JUNE 30th
As you are likely aware, on January 4, 2022, the Government of New Brunswick implemented changes to its COVID-19 testing regime and consequentially, the chamber’s rapid test distribution program was put on hold until further details of a “new” program were provided by the Province.
Why is the program changing?
Since January 4, 2022, PCR tests are reserved for:
- People in areas at highest risk, including health-care workers and those who live or work in long-term care facilities, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, etc.
- People who are symptomatic and immunocompromised or pregnant.
- People who need a PCR test for travel.
- People who are identified as a priority by Public Health.
Everyone else, including those who are symptomatic and do not live in a vulnerable setting, will be advised to take point-of-care rapid tests when symptomatic.
There is no more general asymptomatic testing in the province in most cases and the chamber program has changed to reflect this new testing strategy.
Receiving Rapid Testing Kits from the Chamber
- There will be little changed with the procedure of acquiring rapid test kits from the chamber.
- Business and organizations that were not previously part of the rapid testing program will sign an agreement with the chamber and submit it to us electronically.
- Businesses and organizations that were previously part of the program will have to sign the new agreement to reflect the current nature of the program.
- Pickup location will remain the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce office at 364 York St., Suite 200.
Number of Tests Provided Through Program
- Because of the more limited scope of the “new” program, businesses and organizations are first asked to use up any remaining inventory of rapid tests received in 2021.
- Businesses/organizations with no tests on hand will be provided with an initial stock of three (3) rapid tests per employee, per month.
- Rapid tests are now only to be used for symptomatic testing.
- Unvaccinated Employees: if you employees are required to be vaccinated (a) as a condition of employment, or (b) by the government’s mandatory order (section 2) to either be vaccinated or regularly test asymptomatically, tests will be provided to businesses and organizations for asymptomatic testing for this purpose only.
- For greater clarity, the chamber is limited to providing businesses and organizations rapid tests based on:
- Three (3) rapid tests per employee per month; and
- Two (2) rapid tests per employee, per week for unvaccinated employees as per above
Test Employees who Develop Symptoms While in the Workplace
- Tests provided by the Chamber program are to be used for an employee who becomes symptomatic while at work.
- Employees can be provided with one (1) rapid test to take home and use in the event they develop symptoms while not at the workplace.
- If an employee does not have a rapid test at home and develops symptoms, they should not present at their workplace to get a rapid test.
- These individuals should book a rapid test through normal channels and only return to work once they have received a negative result. To request a rapid test through the government system, click here.
- Program participants will continue to report any positive results to the chamber of commerce by noon each Friday.
- Individuals that test positive must report the result on the GNB website and notify their close contacts and begin their isolation immediately in accordance with public health guidelines.
- If an employee tests positive for COVID-19 and there is a possibility of workplace exposure, they must notify their employer immediately. This infosheet provides guidance on what employees need to do if they test positive for COVID-19.
- Employers are then required to report the exposure to WorkSafeNB, using this online form. The employee’s name must be kept confidential, except when the disclosure is necessary to identify close contacts in the workplace or required by law. Any personal information that you collect, use, or disclose must be limited to the minimum amount necessary. More information here.
- Program participants are required to complete a re-order form each month to replace the rapid tests that were used by employees during the previous month. Click here to access the form.
Thank you to all the businesses and organizations that have participated in the program to date – we are so proud of the commitment of our local businesses and not-for-profit to keep our community healthy and hope that the program continues to help keep your doors open and your employees safe.
Krista Ross, CEO
Fredericton Chamber of Commerce
Information on Working Safely Amid COVID-19
HOW DO WE REGISTER FOR THE PROGRAM?
- Step 1 – Please complete this form ( EN / FR ) to request your Rapid Antigen Tests, and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 2 – Schedule a time to pick up your test kits click here
Step 3 – Pick up your kits at the chamber office located at 364 York Street, Suite 200
Step 4 – You will only report when there are positive cases. Use this “new” report (please send your report to email@example.com)
HOW DO WE RE-ORDER MORE TESTS ONCE OUR SUPPLY IS GONE?
Click here to complete our re-order form.