COVID testing coming to SL pharmacies

Leader staff

By September 1, all Shoppers Drug Marts and No Frills pharmacies in Alberta will be offering asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, says a government of Alberta news release.

Slave Lake has both.

Loblaw, which owns both chains, had not replied to inquiries about the exact timing for Slave Lake stores by print time.

The pharmacy tests are only for people without symptoms. Anyone with symptoms has to go through AHS. COVID test appointments can be book at ahs.ca/covid.
As of August 20, Alberta Health Service says, “We are continuing to see a steady increase in demand for COVID-19 testing, which is resulting in increased wait-times for testing appointments and results. Additional staff have been deployed and hours have been extended to help with the increased demand. We are working hard to address the requests for callbacks.”

People will be phoned with results, or may ask their family physicians or look on their online health records. People with negative test results can be informed with an automated phone message, but must answer calls from unknown numbers.

AHS says, “if someone has been waiting for more than a week for a callback, we ask that they please call 811 to inquire.”

In the Alberta government’s media release, Ashesh Desai, Executive Vice President of Pharmacy at Shoppers Drug Mart, says “Expanding asymptomatic testing to more than 230 of our pharmacies across the province will allow more access to these tests and continued peace of mind, particularly as school resumes and businesses continue to open. Our pharmacies are a convenient destination for Albertans’ healthcare needs, and our stores are proud of our ability to further support our communities during this pandemic.”

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