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Drop-in COVID-19 testing centre opens in Edmonton as a part of expanded effort

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A COVID-19 drop-in testing centre is now obtainable for Edmontonians as a part of Alberta’s expanded testing efforts.

Situated on the Edmonton South Evaluation Centre at 29 Avenue, the drop-in centre will run each day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. That is the one website accepting drop-ins within the Edmonton Zone for the time being.

Albertans don’t should be symptomatic or have been in shut contact with somebody who has examined optimistic to be able to be examined. Alberta chief medical officer of well being Dr. Deena Hinshaw stated Friday the testing enlargement is being performed to assist perceive the total extent of the virus within the province as extra companies start to re-open.

Along with the drop-in centre, Edmontonians may ebook an appointment at three Alberta Well being Companies (AHS) evaluation centre places within the Edmonton Zone. Reserving is completed on-line on the AHS web site or by calling 811 if Web entry isn’t obtainable.

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Testing might be performed by way of throat swab and outcomes might be offered by telephone inside a number of days of the swabbing. AHS stated in a information launch Wednesday take a look at outcomes will solely present if somebody had COVID-19 on the time of the throat swab, not whether or not somebody had the illness beforehand or is immune.

AHS reminds everybody to proceed to comply with public well being measures and proposals no matter take a look at outcomes to be able to scale back the unfold of the virus. These measures together with two-metre bodily distancing, correct hand-washing and staying residence if not feeling nicely.

Anybody who checks optimistic for COVID-19 is legally required to self-isolate for 10 days from the beginning of signs or till signs resolve, whichever takes longer, AHS stated.

Albertans should self-isolate even when signs don’t present and somebody nonetheless checks optimistic. The self-isolation begins from the day of the take a look at. If signs develop, then an individual must self-isolate till these signs go away or for 10 days when the signs seem, whichever is longer.

Extra info may be discovered on Alberta’s web site.

— With recordsdata from Dylan Quick

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