Rapid Testing Changes
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.