*January 11, 2022 Update*
Please note that as a result of recent changes to COVID-19 testing announced by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health on December 30 2021, the University is required to modify eligibility requirements for the distribution of rapid tests for the at-home rapid antigen testing program. York University will be in contact with those who are eligible to participate by issuing the individual an authorized letter to participate in the program.
Note: By accepting a package of rapid antigen tests, you agree that you will upload all test results (negative, positive or inconclusive) to the COVID-19 Test Result form. The tests are not to be shared.
Since the start of the 2021-22 academic year, York University has offered a free testing program to community members on both campuses, in partnership with the Provincial Antigen Screening Program (PASP). Rapid antigen testing allows the University to proactively identify cases of COVID-19 that may have otherwise been missed, helping to reduce the spread of the virus while supporting community health and safety.
To make rapid testing even easier and more convenient for eligible York community members, York is offering an at-home rapid antigen testing program.
This program is for eligible individuals only. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, difficulty breathing, etc.) should stay home, self-isolate and complete a self-assessment using YU Screen.
Due to recent changes to COVID-19 testing announced by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health on December 30, 2021, the University is required to modify eligibility requirements for the distribution of rapid tests for the at-home rapid antigen testing program. York University will be in contact with those who are eligible to participate by issuing the individual an authorized letter to participate in the program.
Eligible individuals may pick up rapid antigen test supplies at:
- YU Test Clinic, Ross Building, Room S166
- Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
To pick up your package, you will need to present:
- Your letter from York University authorizing you to receive rapid antigen tests (electronic or hard copy)
- Your cleared YU Screen (electronic screenshot or hard copy)
- Your YU-card or alternative identification
Pre-booking is not required. You will be registered at the pick-up location when you receive your supply of tests.
Step-by-step instructions of how to self-administer
Select and download the instruction sheet for the type of test supplies you received:
Follow the screening process shown in the provided step-by-step breakdown below.
Step 1: Gather materials
Wash your hands, gather your materials, open the test device (no more than 2 hours before use) and place it on a clean flat surface.
Step 2: Swab
Holding the plastic end of the swab, place the cotton end 2cm into your nostril, swirling five times in each nostril.
Step 3: Mix
Put the cotton end of the swab in the tube and swirl five times (for fifteen seconds).
Step 4 Squeeze
In the tube, squeeze the cotton tip to release the fluid then discard the swab.
Abbott PanbioTM: Put the blue cap back on the tube.BD VeritorTM: Put the white cap on the tube.
Step 6: Read your result
After 15 minutes, check the device for your test result.
Negative: one red line at “C” level
Presumed Positive: two red lines
Inconclusive: No line or one red line at “T” level
Step 7: Report your result
Write today’s date on your test Write today’s date on your test device, take a photo of it and upload it at: yorku.ca/go/COVID19TestResult
Step 9: Next Steps
Once you have uploaded your result here, follow these steps:
Negative result: If you are subject to mandatory testing, you may access campuses for up to 72 hours.
Positive result: Stay home, update YU Screen to report a positive rapid test. Once you complete the screening questions, it will alert a York Case & Contact Coordinator who will be in contact with you to provide guidance and clearance before your return to campus.
Inconclusive result: Repeat test.
FAQs about York’s at-home rapid antigen testing program
For any questions, email: YORK-YUTestingClinic@yuoffice.yorku.ca