COVID-19 Update: Details about rapid testing on campus

WHAT
Partially-vaccinated individuals and those with an approved exemption from the vaccination policy will be required to complete rapid testing at Durham College (DC) as of Monday, September 13 prior to attending campus. Information regarding rapid testing locations and booking a test is now available.

WHEN

As of September 13

DETAILS

DC’s vaccination policy for the fall semester is now in effect and as of September 13 individuals coming to campus, college-operated property or a college-sanctioned event must provide proof of one of the below:

  • Full vaccination;
  • Partial vaccination and a negative rapid test twice weekly; or
  • An approved exemption and a negative rapid test twice weekly.

Individuals are required to upload their vaccination or exemption documentation using DC’s COVID-19 Pre-entry Screening Questionnaire prior to receiving permission to come to campus, and must show their negative rapid test to security upon arrival.

After Sunday, October 17, only those who have provided proof of full vaccination, or have an approved accommodation plan, will be permitted on campus.

Rapid testing is not a replacement for vaccination, and this service will only be available while supplies last.

VACCINATIONS

Individuals requiring vaccines can book an appointment through the Province of Ontario’s booking site, at one of the Region of Durham’s vaccination clinics, the Campus Ice Centre (north west doors – main entrance, Founders 5 lot), or attend the upcoming on-campus vaccination event at the Campus Ice Centre on Monday, September 13, hosted by Durham College Student Association and Ontario Tech Student Union.  

RAPID TESTING

Oshawa campus

  • Previously, DC communicated that COVID-19 rapid tests would be available in the UL portable (building adjacent to the Oshawa campus Library). With Lakeridge Health continuing its vaccination clinic at the Campus Ice Centre (CIC), rapid testing will now take place at the CIC instead (enter through south doors, Founders 4 lot).
  • Testing is beginning September 13 and will be available every Monday to Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. until October 17*. This service is only available for employees and students. Appointments can be booked through Lakeridge Health’s screening booking system (lh.ca). We encourage individuals to pre-book their appointments prior to arrival to expedite the testing process – however, walk-ins are still welcome (upon availability).

Whitby campus

  • Rapid testing at the Whitby campus will take place in the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food parking lot, off Stellar Drive, in a Rapid Testing Medical Tent.
  • Testing is beginning September 13 and will be available every Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until October 17*. This service is only available for employees and students. Appointments can be booked through Lakeridge Health’s screening booking system (lh.ca). We encourage individuals to pre-book their appointments prior to arrival to expedite the testing process – however, walk-ins are still welcome (upon availability).

Please note: negative rapid tests results are valid for 72 hours, after which time another test is required.

*Testing sites will be closed on statutory holidays.

DOCUMENTATION

Double vaccinated: If you are double vaccinated, you will only need to upload your proof of vaccination once through the online COVID-19 Pre-entry Screening Questionnaire.

Partially vaccinated: You will need to upload your most recent vaccination receipt to the online COVID-19 Pre-entry Screening Questionnaire. Until you are double vaccinated, security will ask to see your electronic vaccination receipt as well as your negative rapid test results.

Everyone: You will still need to complete the screening questionnaire each day you come to campus, prior to your arrival, until further notice.

To learn more about DC’s vaccination policy and what the college is doing to keep the campus community safe during COVID-19, visit DC’s COVID-19 webpage.

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