All Albertans now eligible for COVID-19 testing, whether they are symptomatic or not. Testing can be easily booked online by visiting the Alberta Health Services COVID-19 page or you can call 811 to book an appointment. Testing is performed in Brooks through an assessment centre at Community Health at the hospital. Testing has been occurring since mid-March and the Assessment Centre is open daily.
Uptake of the expanded testing is important and the City hopes that many individuals are able to participate. For those that do choose to get tested, we would love to hear about your experience – how easy booking was, how quickly the test was performed, how quickly results were returned, etc. All information is completely voluntarily and will be kept confidential; City Council is interested in the information so they will better understand if they need to lobby for changes. If you choose to share your experience with us, send us an email. Because asymptomatic testing is now available to the entire community on a regular basis, additional short term Asymptomatic Testing Centres will not be occurring.
Any Albertan with or without symptoms of COVID-19 can be tested. Symptoms include: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat or painful swallowing, headache, chills, muscle or joint aches, feeling unwell in general, new fatigue or severe exhaustion, gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or unexplained loss of appetite), loss of sense of smell or taste, or pink eye. If you have any of these symptoms, even mild ones, please stay home, self-isolate and contact 811 or take the Self Assessment Tool available through Alberta Health Services to arrange a time for testing.
Testing is free of charge and plays an important role in further containing the spread of COVID-19. It will provide us with a clearer picture of how well our public health measures are working to contain COVID-19 and help guide further progress in Alberta's re-launch.
Do not go to the hospital or Community Health for testing unless you have been given an appointment time. Turnaround time has been quick so far and most people are tested within 24 hours.
After Being Tested
Here are a few things to keep in mind, if you choose to be tested:
- While you're waiting for your result you do not need to self-isolate, as long as you remain asymptomatic.
- If your test result is negative, you may still develop COVID-19 if you have been exposed to the virus in the last 14 days. It's important to continue monitoring for symptoms.
- If your COVID-19 test result is positive, you would need to self-isolate for at least 10 days, even if you do not have symptoms. Anyone who has been in close contact with you would also have to self-isolate.