September 11, 2020
EDMONTON – Effective tomorrow (Sept. 12), drop-in COVID-19 testing within the city of Edmonton will only be offered by Alberta Health Services (AHS) at the new Central Assessment Centre location, located in Hall A of the Edmonton EXPO Centre (7515 118 Ave.)
Drop-in COVID-19 testing will no longer be offered at the Edmonton South Assessment Centre after today. The Edmonton South Assessment Centre site will remain open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily for COVID-19 testing by appointment only.
The Central Assessment Centre is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and has capacity to complete approximately 5,000 swabs per day. Testing is already available at this site by appointment, with drop-in testing to be added tomorrow. Parking is free while on site for a COVID-19 test.
Testing is booked online by visiting www.ahs.ca/covid. People without Internet access can call 811 and HealthLink staff will book a test appointment. Drop-in testing wait times can fluctuate, which can mean a longer wait. Appointments are encouraged.
Albertans now have the opportunity to consent to receive results by auto-dialer and SMS text message. Those who do not opt-in to receive results through these automated processes will still receive results by a direct phone call. COVID-19 results are also available through the MyHealth Records tool. Albertans who sign up for MyHealth Records are able to see their COVID-19 test results, as well as other lab work and immunization records, as soon as they are ready.
All Albertans are eligible for COVID-19 testing, whether experiencing symptoms or not.
Testing will tell you whether you had COVID-19 at the time your swab is taken, even if you were not showing symptoms at that time. Testing will not tell you whether you have previously had COVID-19. It will also not tell you whether you have any immunity to COVID-19.
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 is legally required to self-isolate. The isolation period is for 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer. If you do not have symptoms but do test positive, you must still self-isolate for 10 days from day of test. If you develop symptoms within that 10 days, you must self-isolate until symptoms disappear or for 10 days from symptom onset, whichever is longer. For details on legally required self-isolation, visit: https://www.alberta.ca/isolation.aspx
It is important for all Albertans to continue following public health measures and recommendations in place to reduce spread of COVID-19. These measures include physical distancing, wearing a non-medical mask, proper hand-washing, and staying home if feeling unwell.
To access the full scope of locations at which you can book your testing appointment, and to learn more, visit www.ahs.ca/covid, complete the online assessment, and book your appointment today.
Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.