COVID-19 rapid testing expanding in Alberta

COVID-19 rapid testing expanding in Alberta


Feb. 9, 2021

Global Korean Post


Rapid testing will be used to screen asymptomatic staff at all long-term care and supportive living facilities in Alberta and a new rapid testing pilot has been launched at two Suncor sites.


Following the successful rollout of rapid tests to test symptomatic residents and staff in continuing care outbreaks, Alberta will provide thousands of rapid tests to operators of all long-term care and supportive living facilities in Alberta to routinely screen their asymptomatic staff.


Three long-term care sites will start rapid testing in their facilities as early as next week. The program will eventually be expanded, with the goal of reaching all 36,000 staff in facilities across Alberta.


In addition, Alberta has provided 7,000 rapid tests for a pilot at Suncor Energy’s base plant in Fort McMurray and the First Nation and Métis community of Fort McKay. Led by Creative Destruction Labs (CDL), these pilots will test approximately 325 workers twice per week, for 10 weeks.

Rapid testing has already been deployed at:

  • 33 COVID-19 assessment centres
  • 29 hospitals
  • Seven homeless shelters
  • Mobile testing facilities that test residents and staff of long-term care and designated supportive living facilities identified as potential outbreak sites.

More than 1,000 health-care workers at all sites have been trained to administer the rapid testing systems.

Alberta’s government is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by protecting lives and livelihoods with precise measures to bend the curve, sustain small businesses and protect Alberta’s health-care system.