Alberta announcing another expansion of COVID-19 rapid testing

Alberta is expanding its rapid testing program for COVID-19. 

Health Minister Tyler Shandro is scheduled to deliver an update on the province’s plans Tuesday morning.

Shandro will be joined by Dennis Banks, vice president, Edmonton Refinery, Suncor, and Dr. Mark Joffe, vice-president and medical director, Alberta Health Services.

CBC will livestream the news conference starting at 11 a.m. 

In December, Alberta expanded rapid testing to long-term care facilities, urban homeless shelters and 25 rural hospitals after trying the technology out on a limited scale at the Calgary Drop-In Centre and an isolation facility in Edmonton.

Rapid tests can deliver results in 20 minutes, unlike the standard polymerase chain-reaction (PCR) test, which can take hours or days.

The province received more than 800,000 rapid tests from the Public Health Agency of Canada last year.

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