Message from ADM Leann Wagner Government of Alberta Re Rapid Testing Updates December 16, 2021
As you may already be aware, the Government of Alberta has expanded the COVID-19 rapid testing program. Rapid test kits will be available to all Albertans to complete at home. The test is administered via a simple nasal swab that can be completed in your home. This measure may improve peace of mind as rapid testing can help detect COVID-19 in people who are asymptomatic, the tests are intended to help slow the spread of COVID-19 through early detection. Albertans can visit their local Alberta Health Assessment Centre or contact a pharmacy to request their test kits.
Through an arrangement with Alberta Health, Children’s Services will be providing rapid testing kits to interested ministry foster and kinship caregivers who have two or more children in care in their home. Testing is not mandatory and requires guardian consent and caregiver participation is voluntary. This testing is intended to support children in care with their activities, family connections and visits, community visits and gatherings, and will help slow the spread of COVID-19 through early detection. The test kits will be distributed across the province in the coming days. The program will be in place until the child is fully vaccinated or until the end of June 2022.
Children’s Services Youth Assessment Centres have been using rapid testing of youth as a means to prevent the spread of COVID-19. CS worked closely with Alberta Health Services (AHS), and staff were trained to meet the standard set by AHS.
Agencies and service providers may also apply to participate in the rapid testing program. This information may be of particular interest to those agency stakeholders who provide support to foster and kinship caregivers. The rapid testing program is open to any public, private or not-for-profit employer or service provider.
I encourage you to review the information regarding the Rapid Screening Program.