Health Minister Paul Merriman speaks to media in Regina in this file photo from March 2020. File photo.

The province has amended regulations to make it easier for businesses and individuals to conduct COVID-19 rapid antigen tests.

On Thursday, the province announced changes were made to regulations so that a formal agreement is no longer required between those who use rapid antigen tests and the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA).

“Our government is committed to improving access to health care services for people across the province and providing the necessary tools to address the pandemic,” Health Minister Paul Merriman said in a press release. “This step means that businesses and individuals can easily procure and use these tests, helping asymptomatic people who have COVID-19 receive testing and treatment more quickly. Ultimately, the best way to protect yourself and those around you is to get vaccinated.”  

Rapid antigen tests are used to screen asymptomatic people for COVID-19. Positive results have to be confirmed through a test conducted by the SHA. A positive result, though, still means you should self-isolate and call 811 until a confirmatory test is conducted.

Large national businesses that operate in the province and wish to use the tests can request them through the federal government’s online business portal at Small and medium-sized businesses can apply for rapid tests through the SHA by completing the intake form at Tests will be prioritized for health care professionals and priority settings.