by Stephen Dafoe
Alberta is expanding asymptomatic testing at community pharmacies, a move the government says will help more people access COVID-19 testing close to home in a timely manner.
Alberta pharmacies wanting to participate and who are able to meet the safety requirements can now offer Albertans who have no symptoms and no known exposure to COVID-19 the test.
The government says the expansion follows the success of Alberta’s pilot program launched in June which has seen 10,300 Albertans tested at participating pharmacies. Almost 677,000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Alberta to date.
“With cases on the rise in Alberta, we must all do our part in the fight against COVID-19,” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health. “The actions we each take today will help protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities tomorrow. Testing helps us understand more about the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta.”
The pharmacy test is a throat swab, which is sent to Alberta Precision Labs for analysis. Pharmacy testing is available to all Albertans, even if they don’t have symptoms.