On Monday, May 17, Shoppers Drug Mart announced it will be selling rapid COVID-19 tests to asymptomatic people in Alberta and Ontario starting today.
"Rapid antigen tests are available in all Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaw pharmacies in the two provinces, providing results typically within 15-20 minutes," the company said in a press release.
You must not have any COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone who's tested positive in order to get one. The tests cost $40 each, and they will be processed right away with results being sent to the customer afterwards.
People are being advised to book an appointment at their nearby Shoppers or Loblaw pharmacy locations.
If you're not showing COVID-19 symptoms but you're looking for some peace of mind, you can book in to get one of these quick tests at all Alberta locations now.
To book online through AHS, all you have to do is click "book online" on the site and follow the prompts. Once you hit the landing page, you will need to fill out your personal information before selecting a time slot for your appointment.
AHS says there are longer than average wait times through 811 at present. So, if you're not a fan of sitting on hold, you can also look through Alberta's Blue Cross to see which nearby pharmacies are giving out COVID-19 vaccines. There are drop-down menus that will refine your search to link you up to the closest pharmacy near you and you can give them a call directly.
An Alberta wildfire is burning through Tomahawk, a hamlet just west of Edmonton. At 12:38 a.m. on Friday, May 7, Parkland County issued a mandatory evacuation order for all residents between Highway 22 and Range Road 63, and between Township Road 510 and 524.
Everyone is being told to leave their homes immediately and bring their pets.