COVID-19 Rapid Screening

SFU's Rapid Screening pilot project has ended and the screening clinic is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated in the pilot project by getting screened. 

The rapid screening site operated from June 8 - July 30 at the Burnaby campus for asymptomatic students living in residence and varsity athletes training on campus. At this time, the plan moving forward will be to devise implementation guidelines so that SFU is prepared should we need to redeploy rapid screening in the future, in accordance with public health guidance. 

The rapid screening pilot project has ended.

Should you have any questions or concerns about the information collected, or the privacy and security of that information, email us at rapid_screening@sfu.ca

Location and hours

Location:
Shell House Residence – Basement/ground level room 145.

Address:
8888 University Drive, SFU, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

Hours of operation: 
SFU's Rapid Screening pilot project has ended. The screening clinic is now closed and will no longer be taking any future appointments.

Eligibility Criteria

For this pilot project, those eligible to participate include:

  • Students currently living in Residence
  • Varsity athletes from invited teams

Those who are not eligible to participate include:

  • Anyone currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms  
  • Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days
  • Anyone who is an identified close contact by public health and is asked to get a diagnostic test
  • Anyone who is returning to Canada from any country (including the United States) within the last 14 days
  • Anyone who is self-isolating or is asked to self-isolate by public health.

Your Privacy and Screening Results

Please note that SFU's Rapid Screening pilot project ran from June 8th, 2021 - July 30th, 2021 and has ended and the screening clinic is now closed.

SFU is working with the Travel Medicine & Vaccination Centre (TMVC) to operate the screening site. TMVC's booking system will collect personal information, which will be used for the purposes of booking appointments for COVID-19 rapid screening. All information is housed in a secure system in Canada, and your information will not be shared. TMVC will only share aggregate screening results (without identifiable information) with the SFU staff members leading the project.

If your screening test indicates a positive result, the Registered Nurse site supervisor will perform a COVID-19 diagnostic test onsite and will send the test swabs to Fraser Health Authority for analysis. Your results will not be shared with anyone besides the screening site clinical team provided by TMVC. Once your diagnostic test results are ready, Fraser Health Authority will contact you for follow-up.

The above information is collected under the authority of Sections 26(c) of the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). It will be stored in a secure location inside Canada. It will be kept strictly confidential, except as described above or where required to fulfill legal obligations.

Questions related to screening results?
Please see our Screening Results FAQs section.

Additional questions or concerns?

Should you have any questions or concerns about the information collected, or the privacy and security of that information, email us at rapid_screening@sfu.ca

COVID-19 Safety Information & Protocols

  • Everyone entering the site is required to wear a mask and have a booked appointment
  • Participants will be asked to arrive on time for appointments and to wait in the designated "wait here" areas until they are directed inside by a site worker
  • Signage will indicate physical distancing of 2 meters is required at all time, except when a clinical staff is administering the screening swab
  • Cleaning and sanitizing of the site and the stations will be done regularly

Questions related to screening procedures?
Please see our Screening Procedures FAQs section.

Frequently Asked Questions

Screening Eligibility

Who can get screened and under what circumstances?

Updated July 31, 2021

Please note that SFU's Rapid Screening pilot project ran from June 8th, 2021 - July 30th, 2021 and has ended and the screening clinic is now closed.

Updated June 08, 2021

You could have COVID-19 and not know it because you may not have symptoms. Students who are currently living in Residence and some varsity athletes training on campus, are eligible to get screened on a voluntary basis during this eight-week pilot project. Those who are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive within the past 90 days are excluded. Please review the Eligibility Criteria above.

Why only this group? Can others get screened?

Updated July 31, 2021

Please note that SFU's Rapid Screening pilot project ran from June 8th, 2021 - July 30th, 2021 and has ended and the screening clinic is now closed.

Updated June 08, 2021

For the duration of this pilot project, only the eligible groups can participate (see Eligibility Criteria above). Public health indicates those living in congregate housing may be at a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19 due to residing in close contact with others. Certain sports may be at higher risk of contact due to the nature of the sport. This pilot project will determine the feasibility of a wider screening approach for SFU in the future.

Why should I get screened?

Updated July 31, 2021

Please note that SFU's Rapid Screening pilot project ran from June 8th, 2021 - July 30th, 2021 and has ended and the screening clinic is now closed.

Updated June 08, 2021

The benefit of getting screened is early detection of COVID-19 and to reduce transmission. It is possible to be a carrier and not have any symptoms. By getting screened twice per week during this pilot project, you could help keep yourself and others safe, and assist SFU with determining a best approach for future screening programs.

When is the pilot project taking place?

Updated July 31, 2021

Please note that SFU's Rapid Screening pilot project ran from June 8th, 2021 - July 30th, 2021 and has ended and the screening clinic is now closed.

Updated June 08, 2021

The pilot screening site will operate on Tuesdays and Fridays from June 08, 2021 to July 30, 2021.

I have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with a confirmed exposure, should I get screened?

No. Anyone who has symptoms should not visit the screening site. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, complete the self-assessment on https://bc.thrive.health/covid19. If you have been in close contact with a confirmed positive case, you should instead follow Public Health directives and self-isolate.

I received one dose of vaccination, should I get screened?

Updated July 31, 2021

Please note that SFU's Rapid Screening pilot project ran from June 8th, 2021 - July 30th, 2021 and has ended and the screening clinic is now closed.

Updated June 08, 2021

Yes. While vaccines will prevent transmissions and reduce serious outcomes, they are not 100% effective and it may take some time before reaching full immunity. You may also not fully be protected from the more infectious variant type COVID-19 viruses and may still be a carrier. SFU encourages everyone to get vaccinated as soon as they are able to.

Screening Procedures

What’s the difference between screening and testing?

Screening tests for SARS-CoV-2 are intended to identify occurrence at the individual level even if there is no reason to suspect infection (e.g., there is no known exposure). Screening tests are intended to identify infected individuals without, or prior to development of, symptoms who may be contagious so that measures can be taken to prevent further transmission. A screening COVID-19 test is specific for SARS-CoV-2 but has a lower sensitivity (e.g., ability to pick up the virus) than that of a diagnostic test. It provides an indicator of whether diagnostic testing is needed.

What kind of screening device are we using?

The Abbott Panbio COVID-19 Ag rapid screening device. It is a point-of-care rapid antigen screening for COVID-19 that uses a mid-nasal swab to collect samples.

Does it hurt?

The mid-nasal swab used is similar to a cotton tip applicator (i.e. a Q-tip). It is inserted a short distance into your nostril and rolled over the mucosa inside the nose. It may be uncomfortable for a few seconds but does not cause any pain or harm.

Who is administering the screening?

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

What are the safety protocols around the screening site?

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.

Screening Results

What happens if I screen positive?

If your screening result is positive, the registered nurse site supervisor will perform a diagnostic COVID-19 test in a private room, involving a nasopharyngeal swab which will be sent to a provincial lab for PCR analyzing. You will be asked to immediately self-isolate at home while awaiting your confirmatory test results (takes approximately 24-48 hours).

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. More information is available on the Residence and Housing’s website.

If you are a student living off campus, you will need to self-isolate at home. 

For any other support during self-isolation whether you live on or off campus, please contact student_support@sfu.ca

What happens if I screen negative?

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

If I screen negative, do I still have to follow COVID-19 public health guidelines?

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 twice weekly is encouraged. 

Who has access to my screening results?

Your results will be handled by health care workers and kept confidential and private. If a screening result is positive, the health care professional will need to report that a positive result has occurred to Public Health. The diagnostic test will be sent to a provincial lab.

If the diagnostic test is positive, the lab reports this to Public Health in Fraser Health Authority, so that a Public Health worker, often a nurse, can follow up with the patient on self-isolation and contact tracing. 

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

If you live in Residence and Housing and test positive, you will need to contact housing@sfu.ca. Residence and Housing will provide further information and support. For any other support during self-isolation whether you live on or off campus please contact student_support@sfu.ca.

How will privacy and confidentiality be maintained?

Travel Medicine and Vaccination Centre (TMVC) maintains client data via a secure we-based software program. All data is stored and back up in a secure facility within Canada. Negative screen results will be communicated to participants via email. Positive screen results will be communicated by phone or in-person immediately after the results are detected.

Who can I contact if I have questions about the screening site or about the information collected?

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

Other questions or concerns?

Should you have any other questions, email us at rapid_screening@sfu.ca.

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