As the school year is about to begin, COVID-19 testing in Alberta has become so mainstream that you can now get it done while grabbing groceries.

In a release on Tuesday, August 18, the province announced that they were expanding testing and Albertans without any symptoms of novel coronavirus can now book COVID-19 tests at Shoppers Drug Mart and other Loblaws pharmacies.

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This will provide a baseline for school re-entry and enhance access throughout the school year.


Dr. Deena Hinshaw

Right now, only 50 Loblaws pharmacies are offering testing; however, by the start of September, all 234 of their locations in Alberta will.

You should only do this test if you have no symptoms β€” if you're symptomatic, book your test through Alberta Health Services.

The province first announced that anyone without symptoms can get tested at the start of June but with school starting, they're now ramping up their efforts.

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