Issued on 19 July 2021

Updated on 23 July 2021

[UPDATED] FAST AND EASY TESTING FOR THE ARTS AND CULTURE SECTOR

 


[Updated] With reference to MOH’s press release on 20 July 2021, instructors and staff who were placed on the mandatory Fast and Easy Testing (FET) regimes beginning from mid-July, would not be required to do so between 22 July through 18 August 2021 if their business operations are suspended (singing or wind/brass instrument classes). Organisations and individuals which continue their operations (e.g. by pivoting from mask-off activities to fully mask-on activities in dance or voice and theatre training), must continue with the regular 14-day FET requirement, where costs for the kits and training for employees will be borne by the Government until 30 September 2021. Being onboard the FET regime will also allow organisations and individuals to resume with unmasking activities as soon as the sector reopens.
 

 

This document will be updated in accordance with adjustments to the safe management measures. In this round of latest updates as at 19 July 2021, Businesses should take note of the 2 August 2021, 12pm timeline to notify the NAC if (a) continuing to conduct classes with masks on; or (b) register for self-collection of test kits for ESSS. Please read through the notice for more details.

 


 

1.  The Fast and Easy Testing (“FET”) regime has been progressively rolled out for all higher risk sectors, including the Arts & Culture sector. FET will be required for the following workforce:
 

  1. Instructors in the fields of dance, singing, wind/brass instruments, voice and theatre training (including speech and drama, actor training), where participants/students are engaged in unmasked activities
  2. Other related staff in the above sectors who might come into close contact with participants/students while they are engaged in unmasked activities (e.g. cleaning staff)

 

2.  FET is not required to be conducted for all other arts instructional activities that are not in the fields of dance, singing, wind/brass instruments, speech and drama, and voice training.

 

  1. With effect from 15 July 2021 onwards, all enterprises in the higher-risk settings mentioned in paragraph 1 in the Arts & Culture sector (“Businesses”) must comply with the mandatory requirements set out in this updated notice.
  2. For avoidance of doubt, the mandatory requirements are specified in the paragraphs below prefaced with the words ‘[Mandatory]’.

 

 

Background

 

3.  The purpose of the FET regime is to further reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in settings with unmasked clients or where services are performed under prolonged and close contact with clients. Under the FET regime, businesses are required to ensure that their employees and persons who work under their direction (e.g. contractors and subcontractors) undergo regular FET using the COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test (“ART”), regardless of their vaccination status. Self-employed persons working in the settings of paragraph 1 should also ensure that they adhere to the FET regime.

 

4.  The FET regime and the mandatory requirements set out in this notice are imposed on Businesses under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020. Failure to comply with the requirements set out herein may result in prosecution and/or other enforcement action, including suspension/closure of operations[1].

 

 

[UPDATED ON 19 JULY 2021] FOR ARTS INSTRUCTION BUSINESSES

 

5.  As the FET will only be required in classes where participants/students are engaged in unmasked activities, all arts instruction Businesses in the fields of dance, singing, wind/brass instruments, voice and theatre training (including speech and drama, actor training) who conduct classes with masks on (for all instructors and students) will not be required to conduct the FET regime. If this is your business’ mode of operations – i.e. conducting classes with masks on – you are still required to notify the National Arts Council (NAC) by doing so via the form in paragraph 24 by 2 August 2021, 12pm.

 

6.  [Mandatory] All arts instruction Businesses in the higher-risk settings mentioned in paragraph 1 must ensure that their employees undergo FET at least once every 14 days. This includes all full time and part time employees, as well as third-party contracted employees (e.g. cleaners) who work at the premises and come into close contact with unmasked participants/students.

 

7.  Affected arts instruction Businesses with above 5 employees (full-time, part-time, and contracted) are required to conduct Employer-Supervised Self Swab (ESSS), where employees will swab themselves using an ART kit under the supervision of a trained staff (“Supervisor”). Supervision can be done either on-site at the workplace or virtually using tools such as video conferencing. To conduct ESSS, establishments will need to undergo training provided by the Government to supervise employees’ self-swabs. Please see paragraphs 18 – 23 for details on Supervisory Training Under the ESSS. For SEPs and small businesses (less than 5 employees), please refer to section on “For Self-Employed Persons (SEPs) and Small Businesses” in para 11. 

 

8.  For ESSS, ART kits will be provided. Arts instruction Businesses should submit full details required for Supervisor training and collection of ART kits, via the application links in paragraphs 21 and 24.

 

9.  The costs for the kits and training for employees will be borne by the Government for 3 months, until 30 September 2021.

 

10. Please refer to ANNEX A for the FET workflow for Arts Instruction Businesses, and ANNEX B for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

 

 

[UPDATED ON 19 JULY 2021] FOR SELF-EMPLOYED PERSONS (SEPs) and SMALL BUSINESSES

 

11. Small Businesses are defined as having no more than 5 employees in the company. This refers to full-time, part-time and contracted employees and instructors.

 

12. As the FET will only be required in classes where participants/students are engaged in unmasked activities, all self-employed persons (SEPs) and small Businesses in the fields of singing, dance, wind/brass instruments, voice and theatre training (including speech and drama, actor training) who conduct classes with masks on are required to notify NAC by doing so via the form in paragraph 13. The SEPs and small Businesses operating with masked instructors and students will not be required to participate in the FET regime.

 

13. [Mandatory] SEPs and employees of small Businesses in the fields of singing, wind/brass instruments, voice and theatre training (including speech and drama, actor training) who may not be able to organise the supervised self-swabs on their own, are to secure an appointment at Quick Test Centres (QTCs) via this link (www.go.gov.sg/artsculturesepfet). You will be assigned a time slot based on a first-come-first-serve basis. A confirmation SMS with your appointment details will be sent 2 – 4 days prior to your test date. Rescheduling of missed appointments and registration of subsequent FET appointments once every 14 days are to be made via the same link.

 

14. [Mandatory] SEPs and employees of small Businesses in dance instruction who may not be able to organise the supervised self-swabs on their own, are to register at this link (www.go.gov.sg/sepfet) to secure an appointment at the Quick Test Centres (QTCs)[2] set up by SportSG. Dance instructors that have earlier registered with SportSG need not register again. Dance instructors should register at this link (www.go.gov.sg/sepfet1) for subsequent testing at SportSG QTCs.

 

15. Please refer to ANNEX A for the FET workflow for Self-Employed Persons and Small Businesses (5 or less employees), and ANNEX B for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

 

 

FET REQUIREMENTS FOR ARTS INSTRUCTION BUSINESSES

 

16. [Mandatory] All arts instruction Businesses under settings outlined in paragraph 1 must ensure that instructors and employees who work under their direction undergo FET at least once every 14 days.

 

17. [Mandatory] After their instructors/employees undergo FET, Businesses shall:

 

  1. verify[3] the test results obtained by their instructor/employees;
  2. not allow any instructor/employee that has obtained an “AG+” or “AG Invalid”, “Double Invalid” test result (please refer to ANNEX C on details of the various test results) to enter or remain at the workplace;
  3. direct any instructor/employee that has obtained an “AG+” or “Double Invalid’ test result to undergo a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (“PCR”) test and self-isolate at home; and
  4. only allow the instructor/employee that has obtained an “AG+” or “Double Invalid’ test result to enter or remain in the work-place if that instructor/employee has subsequently undergone a PCR test and the test result of that PCR test shows that he or she is negative for COVID-19 infection.

 

 

Supervisory Training Under the ESSS

 

18.[Mandatory] Businesses conducting ESSS are advised to nominate at least 2 employees per outlet to attend a 4-hour virtual Supervisory Training in ART Self-Swab conducted by the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) appointed vendor, HMI Institute of Health Sciences Pte. Ltd. (“HMI”) before they perform their supervisory role.

 

19. The training will equip employees with the knowledge needed to supervise the conduct of ART. Employees who complete the 4-hour course can conduct ART Supervision Duties. A certificate of attendance will be issued to those who have completed it.

 

20. [Mandatory] Supervisors who are required to undergo FET themselves should conduct their self-swabs under the supervision of another colleague who has also undergone training by HMI Institute. If a Supervisor is above 50-years-old, Businesses must ensure that he or she is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (i.e. they received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccination under Singapore’s national vaccination programme and 14 days have passed from the time of the second dose ) before they can perform any supervisory role.

 

21. The training provided by HMI is carried out daily from (a) 8am to 12pm, (b) 2pm to 6pm and (c) 6pm to 10pm on a first-come-first-served basis. Affected arts instruction Businesses are advised to book their training slot directly with HMI at https://hmi-ihs.com/supervisory-training-in-art-self-swab/  and to do so as soon as possible. 

 

22. Upon successful booking, HMI will send a web link for Supervisors 1-2 days before the actual training day, to attend the virtual training session.

 

23. Please visit HMI Institute’s website at https://hmi-ihs.com (refer to COVID-19 Training) for latest details on the ESSS training details. 

 

 

Registering for Self-Collection ART Kits for ESSS

 

24. [Mandatory] To register for self-collection of test kits for ESSS, arts instruction Businesses should submit full details through the form at this link (https://go.gov.sg/artsculturefet) (“Order Form”) by 2 August 2021, 12pm.

 

25. Arts instruction Businesses conducting higher-risk mask-on activities should also notify NAC at the link in paragraph 24. Dance instruction Businesses that have registered previously with SportSG for the collection of test kits and the SRS account do not need to register again with NAC.

  1. Businesses with multiple outlets are encouraged to submit a form for each outlet.
  2. The Point-of-Contact[4] (“POC”) stipulated in the Order Form must be the employee who will be responsible for both the self-collection of the ART test kits and ensuring the uploading of test results onto SRS by the Supervisor[5].
  3. The ART test kits will be scheduled for self-collection on first-come-first-served basis.
  4. The kits, funded by the Government, will be provided on a monthly basis, for 3 months (till 30 Sep 2021). More details will be provided to Businesses onboard ESSS for replenishment of the kits at a later date.

 

26. [Mandatory] Businesses shall only use the ART test kits that are supplied by the Government for ESSS and shall not distribute, supply or sell them to any third-party. ART Test Kits must be used with prudence and companies need to ensure that one employee only use one test kit for one cycle of FET unless the test result is AG invalid. For the self-collection of test kits, details to be provided via the form include:

  1. Name of Company
  2. UEN & SSIC codes
  3. Art Form (with multiple entries)
  4. Full Business address (street name, floor & unit number, with a separate field for Postal Code)
  5. Name of POC (this must be the same person that ensures the FET results are uploaded to the SRS account)
  6. POC Email (to receive confirmation email)
  7. POC Mobile Number (to receive confirmation SMS)
  8. Number of Employees to be Tested (including all full-time, part time and third-party contracted employees)

 

27. After submission of the Order Form, a confirmation email and SMS from a third-party vendor will be sent to your POC with the collection location and date within a week. A further SMS will be sent when the ART kits are ready for collection, and the ART kits must be collected within 3 days upon receipt of this SMS. If the ART kits are not collected within 3 days from stipulated date of collection, it will be returned to the warehouse​, and an email will be sent to your POC to rearrange for a new delivery date, at a fee.

 

Uploading of Test Results on the Swab Registration System (SRS)

 

28. The information that is submitted in the Order Form in paragraph 24 will also be used by NAC to help Businesses set up an SRS account. Once the SRS account has been set up, your POC will receive an email notification informing them about the creation of the SRS account.

 

29. Refer to ANNEX D for the guide on using SRS for arts instruction Businesses.

 

30. Businesses are to share the Standard Notification with employees. The Standard Notice informs Businesses about the collection of employees’ Personal Data and FET results for submission to the Government through the SRS.

 

31. Refer to ANNEX E for the Standard Notice.

 

32. [Mandatory] Businesses are required to upload the test results obtained by their instructors/ employees from ESSS onto SRS in accordance with the following

 

  1. if the test result is “AG+” or “Double Invalid”, Businesses are to upload the test result of that instructor/employee onto SRS no later than 30 minutes after the ESSS for that specific instructor/employee is completed;
  2. if the test result is “AG-”, Businesses are to upload the test result of that Worker no later than 24 hours after the ESSS for that specific instructor/employee is completed; and
  3. the requirements set out under paragraphs 4 and 5 of ANNEX C.

 

Management of Workers with ‘AG+’ or ‘Double Invalid’ Test Result

 

33. [Mandatory] If any Worker obtains an ‘AG+’ or ‘Double Invalid’ test result from ESSS, the Business shall comply with all the requirements set out under paragraphs 6 to 7 of ANNEX C.

 

 

Support from Arts Sector

 

34. For FET related enquiries, please email NAC officers Ms Grace Kanai at Grace_Kanai@nac.gov.sg and Ms Tan Hwee Peng at Tan_Hwee_Peng@nac.gov.sg.

 

35. For Swab Registration System (SRS) related enquires, you may also email the SRS Support Email at AskSRS@hpb.gov.sg or call the SRS Support hotline at 6876 5848, from Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm and Saturday from 8am to 1pm. The SRS Support hotline is closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

 

36. The fight against COVID-19 requires the collective effort of everyone in the community. We seek the support and understanding of all Businesses during this period. We will continue to review and adjust the measures in line with the national posture for the health and well-being of the public and employees.


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[1] To comply with the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations and implement Safe Management Measures (SMMs), as set out on the COVID Gobusiness website. They are also required to comply with the SMMs set out by the National Arts Council. 

[2] The QTCs set up by SportSG are Bishan, Jurong West and Pasir Ris ActiveSG Sport Centres. From 19 July onwards, they are operational from 10am – 5pm on Mondays to Fridays and 10am – 1pm on Saturdays (including public holidays).

[3] Businesses are required to inspect any physical test result slip, SMS or test kit evidencing the test result of the instructor/employee. It would not be sufficient for businesses to rely on oral statements by instructors/employees to fulfill this obligation.

[4] Businesses are also able to nominate an alternate POC per outlet, if they wish to do so. For businesses with multiple outlets under the same UEN, you may submit your request to create multiple SRS company accounts under the same UEN. However, there must be a unique mobile number and email address used for each account. Enterprises without a UEN can indicate their NRIC in the UEN field instead.

[5] Businesses have the flexibility to decide who is the POC and Supervisor for ESSS. One employee may serve as both the POC and Supervisor, or different employees may be appointed for the two roles.

 

  Annexes appended for more information  

 

 

 

 

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  [14 July 2021] A SAFE AND GRADUAL RESUMPTION OF HIGHER-RISK ARTS INSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES WITH MANDATORY FAST & EASY TESTING  

A SAFE AND GRADUAL RESUMPTION OF HIGHER-RISK ARTS INSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES WITH MANDATORY FAST & EASY TESTING

First issued on 1 July 2021
Updated on 14 July 2021 
 

1.  As part of the national enhanced measures for workers in higher-risk mask-off settings and to further reduce the risk of transmission in these settings, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce has introduced the Fast and Easy Testing (FET) regime. The FET will be made mandatory from 15 July 2021 for all instructors and staff at higher risk, who come into contact with unmasked persons in the course of their work. This segment of the workforce is required to be on a regular FET regime using tests such as the Antigen Rapid Test (ART), regardless of their vaccination status. 

 

2.  FET will only be required for:

  1. Instructors in the fields of dance, singing, wind/brass instruments, voice and theatre training (including speech and drama, actor training), where participants/students are engaged in unmasked activities
  2. Other related staff who might come into close contact with participants/students who are engaged in unmasked activities (e.g. cleaning staff)  

 

3.  FET is not required to be conducted for all other arts instructional activities that are not in the fields of dance, singing, wind/brass instruments, speech and drama, and voice training.

 

4.  This FET regime is being imposed under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations. Failure to comply with the requirements set out herein may result in prosecution and/or other enforcement action, including suspension/closure of operations[1].  

 

 

FOR ARTS INSTRUCTION BUSINESSES

 

5.  As the FET will only be required in classes where participants/students are engaged in unmasked activities, all arts instruction businesses in the fields of dance, singing, wind/brass instruments, voice and theatre training (including speech and drama, actor training) who conduct classes with masks on are required to inform the National Arts Council (NAC) by doing so via the form in para 22. These arts instruction businesses that operate with masked instructors and students will not be required to conduct the FET regime.

 

6.  All arts instruction businesses in the above-mentioned high-risk settings must ensure that their employees under the mentioned settings undergo FET every 14 days. This includes all full time and part time employees, as well as third-party contracted employees (e.g. cleaners) who work at the premises.

 

7.  Affected arts instruction businesses with above 5 employees (full-time, part-time, and contracted) are required to conduct Employer-Supervised Self Swab (ESSS), where employees will swab themselves under the supervision of a trained staff (‘supervisor’). Supervision can be done either on-site at the workplace or virtually using tools such as video conferencing. To conduct ESSS, establishments will need to undergo training provided by the Government to supervise employees’ self-swabs. Please see paras 16 – 21 for details on Supervisory Training Under the ESSS.  

 

8.  For ESSS, ART kits will be provided. Arts instruction businesses should submit full details required for collection of ART kits, via the application links in paras 18 and 22.

 

9.  The costs for the kits and training for employees will be borne by the Government for 3 months, until 30 September 2021.

 

10. Please refer to Annex A for the FET workflow for Arts Instruction Businesses. 

 


 

[UPDATED ON 5 JULY 2021] FOR SELF-EMPLOYED PERSONS (SEPs) and SMALL BUSINESSES

 

11. Small businesses are defined as having no more than 5 employees in the company. This refers to full-time, part-time and contracted employees and instructors.

 

12. As the FET will only be required in classes where participants/students are engaged in unmasked activities, all self-employed persons (SEPs) and small businesses in the fields of singing, dance, wind/brass instruments, voice and theatre training (including speech and drama, actor training) who conduct classes with masks on are required to inform NAC by doing so via the form in para 13. The SEPs and small businesses operating with masked instructors and students will not be required to participate in the FET regime.

 

13. SEPs and employees of small businesses in the fields of singing, wind/brass instruments, voice and theatre training (including speech and drama, actor training) who may not be able to organise the supervised self-swabs on their own, are to secure an appointment at Quick Test Centres (QTCs) via this link (www.go.gov.sg/artsculturesepfet). You will be assigned a time slot based on a first-come-first-serve basis. A confirmation SMS with your appointment details will be sent 2 – 4 days prior to your test date. Rescheduling of missed appointments and registration of subsequent FET appointments once every 14 days are to be made via the same link.

 

14. SEPs and employees of small businesses in dance instruction which may not be able to organise the supervised self-swabs on their own, are to register at this link (www.go.gov.sg/sepfet) to secure an appointment at the Quick Test Centres (QTCs)[2] set up by SportSG. Dance instructors that have earlier registered with SportSG need not register again. Please register at this link (www.go.gov.sg/sepfet1) for subsequent testing. 

 

15. Please refer to Annex A for the FET workflow for Self-Employed Persons and Small Businesses (5 or less employees). 

 

 

INFORMATION ON ESSS FOR ARTS INSTRUCTION BUSINESSES

 

Supervisory Training Under the ESSS

 

16. Businesses conducting ESSS are advised to nominate 2 employees per outlet to attend a 4-hour virtual Supervisory Training in ART Self-Swab conducted by the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) appointed vendor, HMI Institute. Swab Supervisors who are required to undergo FET themselves have to conduct their self-swabs under the supervision of a colleague who is also a Swab Supervisor trained by HMI Institute. 

 

17. The training will equip employees with the knowledge needed to supervise the conduct of ART. Employees who complete the 4-hour course can conduct ART Supervision Duties. A certificate of attendance will be issued. MOH/HPB has also issued a playbook to guide sectors on the conduct of supervised self-swabs. 

 

18. Affected arts instruction businesses are to book their training slot directly with HMI Institute at https://hmi-ihs.com/supervisory-training-in-art-self-swab/.

 

19. Timings for the training are from a) 8am-12pm, b) 2pm-6pm and c) 6pm-10pm. These will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. 

 

20. Upon successful sign-up, a web link will be sent for employees to attend the virtual training session via Zoom.

 

21. Please visit HMI Institute’s website at https://hmi-ihs.com (refer to COVID-19 Training) for latest details on the ESSS training details. 

 

Registering for Self-Collection of Kits and Swab Registration System (SRS) Account
 

22. To facilitate the collection of test kits, setup of SRS accounts, and notification of arts instruction activities, arts instruction businesses should submit full details through this link (https://go.gov.sg/artsculturefet). Dance instruction businesses that have registered previously with SportSG for the collection of test kits and the SRS account do not need to register again with NAC.

  1. Businesses with multiple outlets are encouraged to submit a form for each outlet.
  2. The point of contact (POC) indicated in the form must be the supervisor or employee who will be responsible for both self-collection of the test kits, and the uploading of FET results to the SRS account.
  3. The kits, funded by the Government, will be provided on a monthly basis, for 3 months (till 30 Sep 2021).

 

Self-Collection of Kits
 

23. For the self-collection of test kits, details to be provided via the form include:

  1. Name of Company
  2. UEN & SSIC codes
  3. Art Form (with multiple entries)
  4. Company Address (with a separate field for Postal Code)
  5. Name of POC (this must be the same person that will upload the FET results to the SRS account)
  6. POC Email (to receive confirmation email, if any)
  7. POC Mobile Number (to receive confirmation SMS, if any)
  8. Number of Employees to be Tested (including all full-time, part time and third-party contracted employees)

 

24. After the submission of details, a confirmation email from a third-party vendor will be sent to your company POC with the collection location and date within 7-10 working days. An SMS will subsequently be sent when the kits are ready for collection, and the kits must be collected within 3 days upon receipt of the SMS. Self-collection of test kits is expected to start from 15 July 2021.

 
 

Recording of Test Results on Swab Registration System (SRS)
 

25. Arts instruction businesses are to upload the ART results of their employees into the SRS. NAC will assist to create SRS accounts for your company using the same information provided in the sign-up link in paragraph 22. The POCs nominated will receive an email notification after the accounts have been set up. 

 

26. To track businesses’ compliance to the mandatory FET, employers/Swab Supervisors are required to upload the results of the employees’ swab tests to the SRS within 24 hours from the time the tests are taken at https://swab.hpb.gov.sg/ext/index.aspx. Double Invalid results or test results which are Antigen Positive (AG+) must be reported on the SRS within 1 hour from the time the tests are taken. Please refer to Annex D for a User Guide on how to upload the results to the SRS.

 
 

Management of Antigen Positive (AG+) or Double Invalid Result Cases 
 

27. Employers must send all asymptomatic[3] AG+ or Double Invalid result cases to a Swab and Send Home, Public Health Preparedness Clinic (SASH PHPC) for a government-funded confirmatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test[4]. The employer must issue a referral note (refer to Annex C) and arrange for private transport (e.g. car or taxi with windows wound down and air conditioning switched off) to the SASH PHPC for AG+ cases. The AG+ cases must present their NRIC and the referral note at the clinic for verification. 

 

28. After the PCR test is conducted, the employee must self-isolate at home until the PCR results return. If the PCR result is negative, the employee can return to work. However, if the PCR result is positive, Public Health Actions (e.g. conveyance to the hospital, contact tracing etc) will commence. More details on the handling of AG+ and Double Invalid result cases are included in Annex C.  

 
 

Support from Arts Sector
 

29. The fight against COVID-19 requires the collective effort of everyone in the community. We seek the support and understanding of all arts businesses during this period. The FET regime complements existing SMMs to ensure a safe and smooth reopening of the arts sector. We will continue to review and adjust the measures in line with the national posture for the health and well-being of everyone.


 

[1]To comply with the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations and implement Safe Management Measures (SMMs), as set out on the COVID Gobusiness website. They are also required to comply with the SMMs set out by the National Arts Council. 
[2] The QTCs set up by SportSG are Bishan, Jurong West and Pasir Ris ActiveSG Sport Centres (10am – 5pm; and from 19 July, weekdays 10am - 5pm (including public holidays) and Saturdays 10am-1pm).

[3] If the employees are symptomatic, and is AG+, then the employer should contact the Case Management Task Group (6435-4060) to arrange for conveyance of the individual to a Swab Isolation Facility for isolation and a confirmatory PCR test.

[4] The list of SASH PHPCs can be found at http://phpc.gov.sg

  Annex C: Management of AG+ or Double Invalid Cases and Referral Note to be Issued by Employers to Employees with AG+ or Double Invalid Results  


Management of AG+ or Double Invalid Cases and Referral Note to be Issued by Employers to Employees with AG+ or Double Invalid Results

   

The ART will return three results: negative (AG-), positive (AG+) or invalid (AG Invalid). Employees who obtain two AG Invalid results will be treated as having obtained a AG+ result.

 

The following screenshots illustrates the how the different results will be shown. Please note that the lines on the test cassette will appear in 15 – 30 minutes after the specimen buffer has been added to the test well. Please do not read the results after 30 minutes. 

 

Interpreting the results using an SD Bio Sensor 

 

Employers should manage their workers depending on the results obtained:

  • Employees that obtain an AG- result may proceed to continue working / going about their daily lives.
  • Employees that obtain an AG Invalid result must perform another swab and wait for the result. If the second test returns an AG- result, the employee may proceed to continue working / going about his or her daily life. 
  • If the second test returns an AG Invalid result or AG+ result, the employee will be treated as having obtained an AG+ result. 

 

Employees that obtain an AG+ result should consult a doctor at a Swab and Send Home Public Health Preparedness Clinic (SASH PHPC) or be conveyed to a Swab Isolation Facility immediately. 

 
 

Managing AG+ cases (FET at the workplace)

 

Employees who obtain AG+ results should be checked again for ARI symptoms. 

 

  • If ARI symptoms are detected, the employer should contact the Case Management Task Group (6435-4060) to arrange for conveyance of the individual to a Swab Isolation Facility for isolation and a confirmatory PCR test.
  • If no ARI symptoms are detected, the employer should arrange for the employee to be sent to a SASH PHPC for a confirmatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. More details on this are as follows:

 

The employer must call the SASH PHPC in advance to make an appointment. The employer must also confirm that the worker is able to obtain a confirmatory PCR test during their visit prior to sending the worker down. The list of SASH PHPCs can be found at http://phpc.gov.sg.

 

The employer must issue a referral note (sample as appended below). The worker must bring this referral note (signed by the employer) and his or her NRIC for subsequent verification at the PHPC.

 

 

Click here to download the sample referral note template. 

 

The employer must arrange for private transport (e.g. car or taxi with windows wound down and air conditioning switched off) for the employee to be sent to a SASH PHPC. The employee should be reminded to wear a surgical mask and sit alone in the back seat (on the other side from driver). Seats should be wiped down at the end of the trip.

 

The following list of private transport service providers are available for booking. The transport cost will be borne by the client/employer. 

 

 

 

 

 S/N

Service Provider  

Contact Number / Mobile Application

1

ComfortDelGro Taxi 

(Comfort & CityCab taxis) 

6333 1133 or via ComfortDelGro app

2

Trans-cab

6213 0997

3

SMRT

6477 5971

4

Prime

6776 7553

5

Premier

6681 9462

6

GrabSHN, Go-Jek, Ryde, MVL(TADA)

Via respective providers’ app

 

When booking private transport, the employer / worker must inform the hotline operator that the worker is going to a SASH PHPC for his or her swab test. For booking through mobile apps, the employer / worker must key “SHN” in the chat / note / comment box or check the SHN checkbox (if provided within the app).

 

Following the PCR test, the worker must self-isolate at home until the PCR results are returned. If the worker is unable to self-isolate at his/her own place of residence, the SASH PHPC will help arrange for conveyance to a Swab Isolation Facility. 

  • If the PCR test returns a negative result, the worker can return to work / go about his or her daily life.
  • If the PCR test returns a positive result. Public Health Actions (conveyance to the hospital, contact tracing etc.) will commence. 

 

 

 

Updated as of 23 July 2021