Volunteers Needed for Pop Up Rapid Clinic

A Covid-19 Rapid Testing Site is coming to Glasgow Square, New Glasgow on March 19 -20th.

Who is it for? 

The Pop-Up Rapid Testing sites are designed for individuals in the community who would like to be tested and meet the following requirements:

  1. Asymptomatic (do not have anysymptoms of COVID-19)
  2. Have not had any contact with a known positive case of COVID-19
  3. Have not left the Atlantic Bubble (NS/PEI) in the past 14 days
  4. Were not present at any exposure locations noted by Public Health
  5. Are over the age of 16

Volunteers are Needed:   Volunteers are needed to assist with all aspects of running this event.   Volunteers DO NOT have to be medical professionals – anyone can do any role, as we provide full training and mentoring.  All required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is supplied, and volunteers are trained on its proper use.  

Volunteer Roles: The site will require 10 - 14 volunteers per shift. Volunteers can do any of the following positions, and will be fully trained on each role, including how to properly use the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Greeter/screener (1 - 2 people) - This person meets individuals at the door, ensures that they meet the testing criteria and DO NOT have Covid symptoms, and make sure they are here for a covid test. 

Reception (2-3 people) – These people register individuals using a computer and ask the individual to TEXT their name to a phone number.   Sometimes required to assist people with texting if they do not knw how to do that. 

Traffic Flow managers (1) – this person directs individuals where to stand while they are waiting to get tested.  They make sure there are not too many people inside at once. 

Swabbers (3-4) – these people take the swab from everyone.   They are trained on what to say, and how to take the swab.  They are provided with appropriate training on use of PPE, and all PPE is provided. 

Testers (2-3) - these people process the swab, put the sample into the test cassette, and wait for the results (15 minutes).  They are also fully trained on the testing procedure and use of PPE, and all PPE is provided. 

Exit role (1) – this person thanks the individual (again) for coming, asks them how they heard about the event, reminds them to sanitize their hands and reminds them (again) to download the COVID alert app.

Shifts: They usually run these for the public from 1 pm until 8 pm on weekdays, and from 11 am – 6 pm on weekends.  The day is split into two shifts so that each volunteer works about 4 hours total including training time. 

Are there any risks for volunteers or participants? These Pop-up testing clinics are aimed at the general population who do not have symptoms, and who could be out in grocery stores, at work or at school.  So, the risks to the volunteers and the testees are no higher than doing any of those community-based activities. There is always a Medical Lead onsite (doctor, paramedic or nurse) in the event that there is a medical emergency.  

Volunteer Signup:  Please use this online form to sign up: Volunteer Signup Form <- Descriptions of various roles found here as well.