Working together, The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce and TechAlliance of Southwestern Ontario, in partnership with the Ontario and Canadian governments, have launched The StaySafe™ Lambton Rapid Antigen Screening Program. Through this initiative, small and medium-sized businesses throughout Lambton County can engage in self-administered rapid antigen screening to asymptomatic employees. Rapid antigen screening is another tool to help open our economy and keep it open.
The StaySafe™ Lambton Rapid Antigen Screening Program will provide free rapid antigen tests for employees of small and medium-sized businesses, with 150 employees or less. The goal of the program is to identify asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 in the workplace that might otherwise be missed, helping to curb the spread in the workplace, at home and in the community.
“We are incredibly enthusiastic to help bring this program to the vibrant small businesses in our community and their hardworking staff. Anything we can do to promote the safety of our community and support businesses in this new normal, we will,” said Allan Calvert, CEO, Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce.
Business owners must place orders for screening kits online at StaySafeLambton.ca The kits will be offered free of cost thanks to the Federal and Provincial governments, giving businesses direct access to screening kits to implement rapid screening programs for their employees. Businesses who have ordered kits will receive a two-week supply, based on twice-weekly screening of their employees – frequent screening with rapid antigen tests increases the chances of early identification of cases in otherwise asymptomatic individuals. The pain-free rapid screening test can be performed at the place of employment and does not require shipping a specimen to a lab for processing. It takes approximately 15 minutes to yield a result.
“In our efforts to recover quickly, rapid antigen testing is essential to help keep businesses, employees and their families safe. Working closely with The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce we are able to collaboratively expedite StaySafe™ Lambton as an important tool to curb the spread of COVID-19,” said Christina Fox, CEO, TechAlliance of Southwestern Ontario.
Screening with rapid tests provides an extra layer of defence against the spread of the virus by identifying people who are not showing symptoms of infection but maybe carrying COVID-19 into their workplaces and communities. These initiatives are an important tool for detecting cases of COVID-19 but are not a substitute for current safety protocols including physical distancing, wearing a mask, hand washing, and staying home if sick.
Lambton’s StaySafe™ Pick Up Headquarters is located at the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce office and is made possible by funding from the Digital Main Street program, with support from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) and the Government of Ontario.
“StaySafe™ Lambton, will help small and medium-sized businesses across Southwestern Ontario and will help keep workers and their families safe. Adding rapid antigen testing to the arsenal of safety measures for small and medium-sized businesses is an important step to prevent workplace outbreaks.”
– The Honourable Victor Fedeli, Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
“Working together to open small and medium businesses safely is key to Sarnia-Lambton’s recovery. The collaboration of The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce and TechAlliance of Southwestern Ontario through StaySafe™ Lambton will help our region realize this goal.”
– Mayor Mike Bradley, City of Sarnia