Rapid Antigen Testing FAQs
Rapid Antigen Testing FAQs
As of Monday, October 4, if you are not fully vaccinated, you must conduct a rapid antigen test at home before you head to campus. After taking the test, wait 15 minutes. Tested negative? Date the test device, take a photo and upload it to the Campus Safety Watch as part of your application to get your second green QR code. Tests are valid for 48 hours. Please do not come on campus with a test about to expire, or if you test positive.
Free test kits available: Each campus has a supply of Panbio COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test kits with materials for conduct 25 tests at home along with instructions and FAQs. The Ministry of Health provides these kits at no cost in exchange for your agreement to upload a photo of your dated negative tests to my.thrive.health (in addition to the Campus Safety Watch App). We highly recommend this step-by-step demo video for self-administering the test. See our FAQs below for details.
Up to October 29, individuals who are partially vaccinated or seeking approval for a medical or religious/creed exemption can access Centennial College campuses, residence and buildings as long as they have uploaded a photo of a dated, negative rapid antigen test.
Starting October 30, you will only be given access if you are fully vaccinated OR have an approved medical or religious/creed exemption and a valid, negative rapid antigen test result.
Students, faculty and staff who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or applying for an exemption are expected to come on campus showing proof of a negative rapid antigen test. The College has a supply of home kits for College community members who agree to participate in a study with my.thrive.health. The kits contain instructions, FAQs and materials for 25 self-administered rapid antigen tests. To participate, you must set up an account at my.thrive.health.
Please, DO NOT:
- conduct rapid antigen tests on campus,
- bring your used test device on campus,
- arrive with a test about to expire, or
- come in if you test positive.
For contractors and visitors, as well as students and staff who don’t want to take part in the my.thrive.health study, Rapid Antigen Testing is available for a fee at pharmacies in stores such as Shoppers Drug Mart, President’s Superstore, etc.
Visit Rapid Antigen Testing FAQs to learn more about rapid antigen testing questions and how to set up your account at https://my.thrive.health/. Any personal information collected is for registration purposes only and is not included in the study’s congregated results.
This On-Boarding Package provides step-by-step details for setting up your thrive health account. You will be prompted to provide a registration code:
- Code for students: CENCOL-RT-STUDENT-HOME>
- Code for Staff/Faculty: CENCOL-RT-STAFF-HOME
You can also sign up for a thrive health account by clicking on the appropriate link below:
Rapid antigen tests detect the presence of proteins called antigens, which are present on the COVID-19 virus. These tests are much less invasive that the molecular (PCR) tests in that you are only required to insert the swab two to three centimeters into your nostrils. If you are using a kit of Abbott Panbio COVID-19 Ag Rapid Antigen Tests from the College, please be certain to use a Negative Control COVID-19 AG Rapid Test Device.
Before you swab your nostrils, you will need to prep one of the test tubes from the kit with drops of the fluid provided. Please note the drops are carefully measured for 25 tests so please be exact. You will insert the swab into the fluid in the test tube and then remove the swab, squeezing the tube as you withdraw the swab, then carefully pour the contents from the test tube into the Negative Control test device. To ensure you complete this process properly, please take the time to read the instructions and watch this video.
Results are ready in about 15 minutes. We recommend you date the test device and take a photo of your results soon as possible as the bars are not permanent.
The College Rapid Antigen Test kits provided by the Ministry contain 25 Negative Control (green bar and type) and 25 Positive Control (red bar and type) COVID-19 Ag Rapid Test Devices. The College asks that you use the Negative Control devices.
After you conduct the test using the Negative Control device, you will wait 15 minutes. One red bar next to the ►C indicates your test is negative – that is, COVID-19 antigens have not been detected. If your results show two bars – one bar next to the ►C and one bar next to the ►T – you may have COVID-19. You will need book a molecular (PCR) test right away to confirm the diagnosis.
Each time you conduct a new test, you are required write the date on the COVID-19 Test Device, take a photo and upload it to both my.thrive.health/ as well as to the Campus Safety Watch App (as part of your application to get your second green QR code). Please do not come on campus with a test about to expire, or if you test positive.
While you’re on the Campus Safety Watch App, remember to complete your daily COVID-19 Pre-Screening Assessment.
While one dose of vaccination begins offering increased immunity against COVID-19 and reduced likelihood to be infected by and spread the virus, full vaccination is important to achieve more significant protection against infection with and transmission of the virus, especially the more transmissible Delta variant. Testing is an added layer of protection for our campus community to prevent spread of COVID-19 among and through individuals who do not yet have the benefits of full vaccination.
Rapid antigen tests provide valuable screening information for the potential presence of COVID-19 infection. They combine moderate sensitivity for virus detection with an easily administered test with fast results. Positive results from a rapid antigen test are not considered a diagnostic confirmation, and individuals who receive a positive result need to immediately book a molecular (PCR) test to confirm the diagnosis.
No. Personal information being gathered to monitor our COVID-19 Immunization Policy is being managed by Centennial’s third party partners, AppArmor and Thrive Health/Creative Destruction Lab (CDL). App Armor manages Centennial’s Campus Safety Watch App, and CDL is a rapid screening consortium that develops and implements pilots for COVID-19 rapid screening.
The province provided the College with a supply of rapid antigen kits at no cost to users with the understanding that the test results would be uploaded to my.thrive.health for a study. The personal information collected during registration will not be rolled into the study’s report.