What is the public testing strategy?

Anyone with symptoms, close contact to COVID-19 cases or meeting asymptomatic testing criteria can get tested.

According to the Alberta government, the province has "one of the highest testing rates in the world." It's a system that has been called "arguably the most successful COVID-19 testing system in the country," with the highest per capita testing rates in Canada, the Globe and Mail reported in April. 

The testing approach has changed several times during the pandemic, but currently anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, close contacts of current cases and those who meet the asymptomatic testing criteria can be tested. 

Asymptomatic criteria includes "workers and residents at specific outbreak sites such as health care facilities." The province also rolled out additional asymptomatic testing in Calgary, where cases have been significantly higher than in other parts of Alberta

‚ÄúSurveillance in the general community is a very good idea, especially now because if there is a signal that is available, we can jump on that very quickly to prevent this from spiraling out of control and infecting lots of people," Dr. Isaac Bogoch, infectious diseases physician, told Global News. 

To determine whether you should get tested, start with the COVID-19 Self-Assessment tool from Alberta Health Services.

Published By:
Emily Rendell-Watson

Emily Rendell-Watson

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

by Karen Unland


For the latest updates on the COVID-19 pandemic, see edmonton.ca/covid19, alberta.ca/covid19, canada.ca/covid19, and the World Health Organization.