COVID-19 Rapid Point-of-Care Testing (POCT) in Clinical Pilots

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COVID-19 Rapid tests allows the identification and notification of positive cases within hours and help to reduce the spread of the virus.

Starting this week, Rapid Point-of-Care Testing (POCT) is being introduced by Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Alberta Precision Laboratories (APL) in clinical pilots at assessment centres in

  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • St. Paul
  • Slave Lake

These tests are used on a patient only when

  • the patient is showing symptoms, AND
  • it hasn’t been 7 days since the symptoms started

If you are eligible and consent to receive a rapid POCT COVID-19 test, two swabs will be collected at the time of your appointment:

  • If you test positive, you will be notified and directed to self-isolate by text or call within 1 to 3 hours.
  • If you test negative, please note that it is insufficient to rule out COVID-19 and requires further analysis in the lab for confirmation. You will receive a text message or call within 5 to 6 hours directing you to continue to isolate until you receive a follow-up text message or call with the confirmed test result, typically within 48 hours.

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