All Albertans are now eligible for testing for COVID-19, whether they are symptomatic or not. Testing can be easily booked online by visiting www.ahs.ca/covid. If using the Internet is not an option, 811 can book an appointment online for individuals who want to be 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.
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