COVID-19 rapid test kits are now available within Saskatchewan free of charge beginning the week of October 18th. The province received 2.6 million of the rapid antigen test kits, with 1.3 million of those to be distributed to the general public. These tests are to help support asymptomatic surveillance for COVID.
More than 360,000 tests were to be provided to First Nations communities throughout the province. Another 720,000 tests will be distributed to schools, along with the remainder of the supply being allocated to Saskatchewan Health Authority’s Test to Protect Program, which includes congregate living facilities such as long-term care, personal care homes, correctional facilities, shelters, group homes, etc. Additionally, tests will be provided to healthcare workers and businesses that are registered with the SHA for a workplace surveillance program.
Each kit includes five tests and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. These tests are to be used on individuals that are not experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms. For those that are experiencing symptoms, or if one of the rapid antigen tests shows positive, visit a SHA testing site, or call HealthLine 811 to arrange for a test.
These tests will not be accepted for the negative test requirement at locations currently listed under the current mandate within the province such as restaurants, event venues, movie theatres, gyms, etc. Those tests instead must be purchased from an approved provider, which can be found by visiting www.saskatchewan.ca/covid-19.
In Martensville, tests are available to be picked up at the Martensville Fire Hall on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3pm-5pm. The Canalta Hotel in Martensville also has tests available, which can be picked up 7 days a week after 10am. No ID is required to pick up tests; however, please be sure to wear a mask at both locations. Kits will be available while supply lasts.