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COVID-19 Rapid Testing

SFU continues to follow guidance of the BC CDC regarding COVID-19 testing. We are currently working with public health partners and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training to be able to offer rapid antigen tests on our campuses to individuals that meet defined criteria. We will update this page when more information is available.

Information is collected by TMVC under the authority of the University Act [RSBC 1996] c. 468 and sections 26(a), (c) and (e) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act [RSPBC 1996] c 165, for the purposes of scheduling and processing your COVID-19 rapid screening test, managing rapid screening, contact tracing (if necessary), and delivering you the results of your rapid screening test. The personal information collected by TMVC includes your name, email address, phone number, date of birth and covid screening and test results. Positive Screens will be reported to Public Health. Diagnostic COVID-19 testing swabs and results may also be collected and disclosed to the designated Health Authority. Aggregate screening information will be used by SFU in planning the provision of and monitoring the safety of in-person services across SFU campuses during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have any questions about the collection and use of this information, please contact Provost and Vice-President Academic, vpacad@sfu.ca.

SFU is working with Travel Medicine & Vaccination Centre (TMVC). A health care professional (RN or LPN) will administer the screening.

Following WorkSafe BC and BCCDC guidelines, SFU has implemented a safety plan to ensure health and safety of those working in or visiting the site. This includes additional cleaning of the site and training procedures to ensure reliability and safety of all workers operating the screening site. In addition, participants will be asked pre-screening questions to ensure they do not have COVID-19 symptoms at the time of booking and when they check-in prior to getting the rapid screening.

If your screening result is positive, the registered nurse site supervisor will advise that you get a diagnostic COVID-19 test. You will have the option of receiving a diagnostic COVID-19 test in a private room, involving a nasopharyngeal swab, which would be performed by the registered nurse site supervisor. This test would be sent to a provincial lab for PCR analysis. Alternatively, you will have the option of getting tested at a nearby provincial testing facility. You would be asked to immediately self-isolate at home while awaiting your confirmatory test results from public health (takes approximately 24-48 hours). TMVC or SFU will not receive your confirmatory test results.

If you are a student living in Residence, email Residence and Housing at housing@sfu.ca. Residence and Housing will provide further information and support for self-isolating. More information is available on the Residence and Housing’s website.

If you are a student living off campus or a staff or faculty member, you will need to leave SFU and self-isolate at home and follow the BCCDC Guidelines for self-isolation.

Additional support is available for students during self-isolation whether you live on or off campus, by emailing student_support@sfu.ca

If your screening result is negative, you will get your results sent to you electronically and can go on with your day. We recommend that you to schedule recurring appointments once weekly.

Yes. Continue to wear a mask and comply with all existing COVID-19 Public Health guidelines and SFU directives. You may have screened negative, but could still be incubating the virus. Also, screenings are not 100% accurate and may not detect every single positive case. Repeat screening once weekly is recommended. 

Your results will be handled by TMVC health care workers and kept confidential and private. If a screening result is positive, the health care professional will need to report that a presumptive positive result has occurred to Public Health.

Any diagnostic test performed on site will be sent to a provincial lab for PCR analysis. If the diagnostic test is positive, the lab reports this to Public Health in Fraser Health Authority or Vancouver Coastal Health, so that a Public Health worker, often a nurse, can follow up with the patient on self-isolation and contact tracing.  

SFU will not know who screened or tested positive, but will be aware that a positive screening was detected (without identifiable information).

Travel Medicine and Vaccination Centre (TMVC) maintains client data via a secure web-based software program. All data is stored and back up in a secure facility within Canada and is collected under the authority of Sections 26(c) of the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).

Should you have any other questions or concerns, email us at covid19@sfu.ca.

  • Full name, email address, phone number, date of birth, results of COVID-19 rapid screening
  • Public Health will also be collecting eForms from TMVC, which includes the above listed information as well as your personal health number and postal code.
  • TMVC will not retain a copy of the eForm after it has been sent to Public Health. 
  • TMVC is collecting your personal information for the purpose of booking your rapid screen, managing rapid screen, and providing you with the results of your rapid screen. 
  • Aggregate data is being collected by SFU for the purpose of planning the safe provision of on-campus services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • TMVC maintains client data via a secure web-based software program. All data is stored and backed up in a secure facility within Canada. 
  • Your information will not be shared in an identifiable form with SFU.
  • Your results will be handled by TMVC health care workers. If a screening result is positive, the health care professional will need to report that a positive result has occurred to Public Health. 
  • Any additional diagnostic testing, optionally performed on-site after a positive screen, will be sent to a provincial lab for PCR analyzing. If the diagnostic test is positive, the lab reports this to Public Health in Fraser Health Authority or Vancouver Coastal Health, so that a Public Health worker can follow up with you regarding self-isolation and contact tracing. 
  • SFU will not know who screened positive, but will be aware that a positive screening was detected (without identifiable information).