Rapid Testing Changes

via Alberta Construction Association

The Alberta government have announced changes to their rapid testing program.

It will no longer be required to have a health-care provider oversee the screening program. This means organizations will be able to participate in the rapid testing program completely independently and without the burden of finding and paying for a health-care provider.

This change will also free up health-care professional capacity at a time when it is most needed.

To be eligible for rapid testing kits, employers must have a screening program plan that outlines:

  • protocols for administering the tests
  • the use of personal protective equipment
  • processes for reporting results and managing individuals who screen positive.

Launched in March, Alberta’s rapid testing program allows any organization to apply for free COVID-19 rapid testing kits to be used in a screening program. Priority will be given to businesses and organizations involved with vulnerable populations, high-risk settings and workplaces, essential and front-line services, critical industry, and sectors that support the reopening of economic and social activity.

Rapid COVID-19 tests can help identify pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic cases so they can be isolated early. Individuals with symptoms or known exposure to COVID-19 should continue to be tested by scheduling through Alberta Health Service’s online self-assessment tool.

You can read the full release here.
You can apply for rapid tests here.
For more Covid updates please see our special page on the Pandemic preparedness.

Article by Lena Hogarth
April 28, 2021

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