Asymptomatic testing paused for residents with no symptoms

Courtesy: The Canadian Press.

The move comes as the province shifts to providing faster results for Albertans with symptoms.

Residents in Alberta including Parkland County will not be able to book an asymptomatic COVID-19 test.

The move was announced yesterday by Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw who says the shift will now focus on individuals who need it the most. 

"We need to focus our testing where it counts. That includes anyone with symptoms including children held home from school and anyone who is a close contact or part of an outbreak gets results as quickly as possible."

A total of fourteen pharmacies in Spruce Grove and Stony Plain participated in asymptomatic testing for residents with no known symptoms. Those in the region who have already booked appointments will still be able to get tested, but only for those whose appointments go until November 4th.  

Since asymptomatic pharmacy testing began in August, more than 659,000 people were tested with only .11% resulting in a positive test.    

 

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