Coronavirus testing to be offered at select Alberta pharmacies

Jun 26 2020, 9:13 am

Getting a coronavirus test in Alberta is about to get even easier.

A release from the Province of Alberta states that the tests will be available for asymptomatic individuals at select community pharmacies.

The release also notes that Alberta is among the top worldwide for per-capita testing, with over 415,000 tests completed as of June 26.

“Our testing data has shown that the vast majority of Albertans who have gone for testing without symptoms or known exposure to COVID have tested negative,” Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said in the release.

“This is encouraging. Whether you have symptoms or not, please consider getting tested. You are helping us understand more about the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta.”

The next week will see 20 pharmacies — most located in Edmonton and Calgary — to begin offering the throat swap test, which will be sent to Alberta Precision Labs for results.

More pharmacies are scheduled to offer testing following the initial 20.

The release encourages all Albertans, sick or healthy, symptomatic or asymptomatic, to get tested for coronavirus.

“Albertans are encouraged to talk to their local pharmacist to see if testing is available,” states the release.

“Each participating pharmacy will adhere to strict protocols and has the specialized skills needed to protect patient safety.”