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Canadian Coast Guard Circular
13-2021- COVID-19 – COVID-19 Rapid Test Screening National Implementation

Original: 2021-05-31 Revised: N/A Approved by Marc Mes, Director General, Fleet and Maritime Services, on May 31, 2021.

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Target audience

Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) personnel,supernumeraries, and contractors at regionally identified CCG facilities and vessels.

This circular does not apply to employees deploying to the Arctic, who will be required to comply with the direction included in the Circular 12-2021 COVID-19 - Pre-deployment COVID-19 Testing for Northern and Arctic Bound Vessel Personnel and Passengers.

Purpose

This CCG circular is to provide direction in the phased national implementation of rapid test screening for the target audience.

Rapid test screening is an additional COVID 19 measure CCG is using to protect the health and safety of its personnel.

Background

Since the beginning of the COVID‑19 pandemic, CCG has put in place numerous measures to protect the health of its personnel and to prevent the spread of the virus, such as physical distancing, mask wearing, health screening, and additional cleaning measures.

As an additional tool to prevent the spread of COVID‑19, CCG is implementing rapid test screening in a phased approach.

The phased national implementation plan has been developed in collaboration with Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, and refined through a pilot project involving select CCG locations and vessels.

Strategy for COVID-19 testing

Broader implementation of rapid test screening to personnel, supernumeraries and contractors at regionally identified CCG facilities and vessels will take into consideration logistical constraints, level of risk exposure, type of operational setting, and operational calendar. It will be rolled out in 3 phases as follows:

Submitting to rapid test screening where and when available is voluntary.

Each region has established its own procedures to implement rapid test screening based on applicable provincial, territorial and local public health authority requirements.

The frequency of rapid test screening will be determined by the regions based on the current local situation and the level of risk associated with each environment.

Rapid tests will be administered by a qualified person based on applicable provincial, territorial and local health guidelines. Test administrators will also be required to have received appropriate training on rapid test screening.

Any person administering a test will be required to don appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

Regions will be responsible for making appropriate arrangements for storage of tests and associated supplies based on guidance from the manufacturer.

Information on rapid test screening administration will be collected, handled and disposed of by the regions in accordance with the Privacy Act. Information regarding test results will be kept for 30 days, or 2 full crew cycles for individuals joining a vessel, after which time it will be destroyed.

Regions are expected to report regularly on the number of tests administered and on the number of positive and negative cases detected through rapid test screening in a manner that does not attribute test screening results to individuals.

Required action

Personnel, supernumeraries, and contractors at regionally identified CCG facilities and vessels will be offered voluntary rapid test screening as an additional tool in preventing the spread of COVID‑19.

Preventive health and safety measures currently in place, including physical distancing, hand washing and mask wearing, will continue to apply, and will remain in effect even with a negative result following rapid test screening.

Those who choose to submit to rapid test screening, even in the case of a negative result, will also have to meet the requirements outlined in the CCG circular 09‑2021 COVID‑19 - Health Screening Questionnaire for Canadian Coast Guard Personnel and Visitors Accessing CCG‑only Regional Facilities and CCG Vessels in order to gain access to CCG vessels or facilities.

Those who choose not to participate in the rapid test screening will be granted access to CCG vessels or facilities as long as they meet the requirements outlined in the CCG Health Screening Questionnaire - 21-2021 COVID-19 - Health Screening Questionnaire for Canadian Coast Guard Personnel and Visitors Accessing CCG-only Regional Facilities and CCG Vessels.

In case of a positive rapid test screening result, an individual will be refused access to the CCG facility or vessel, and will be directed to inform their supervisor and to contact local health authorities for further guidance and to arrange for nucleic acid‑based testing (also called molecular testing or PCR testing), if possible. If required by provincial/territorial/local health authorities, personal information will be shared with them for the purposes of contact tracing. Should an employee or supernumerary test positive while at sea, the same procedures apply as in the case of a symptomatic person on board a vessel.

Enquiries

Enquiries regarding this circular should be directed to:

Director, Operational Personnel and Force Generation
infopol@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

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