25 tests come in each box and each box is smaller than a normal shoe box. If you requested 500 tests, it would be 20 shoe boxes. Businesses need to take an entire box of 25 as the box to test only contains one bottle of testing solution per 25 tests. Please request tests in the value of 25 or you will be supplied with the number of tests requested for the month rounded up to the nearest multiple of 25.
There is no cost to eligible organizations for testing kits.
While the kits themselves are free, there may be associated costs with implementing a screening program. Organizations are responsible for all costs related to screening programs they initiate and assume all medical and legal responsibilities associated with the screening programs.
They are also responsible for ensuring proper protocols are in place for COVID–19 screening, including, but not limited to: quality control testing, quality assurance practices, test result interpretation, result sharing (including privacy requirements), appropriate follow–up on positive test results, and disposal of biohazardous material.
Individuals who have no symptoms and have no known close contact with a confirmed positive case are eligible for screening.
Individuals with core COVID–19 symptoms or who are close contacts of a confirmed positive should not undergo screening and should be directed to isolate and to arrange for testing through Alberta Health Services. Online Assessment Tool
It is recommended screening be done once or twice per week.
An effective screening program requires screening to be done on a regular basis with an established schedule. Screening less often has limited value.
Screening can happen before entering a facility, at the start of a shift, at any time during a shift, or during set ‘screening clinics’ arranged at certain days/times. Each option has its own logistical considerations. An organization has to identify which approach works best for them.
While rapid tests produce results faster than the lab–based RT–PCR test, they are not as sensitive.
Lower sensitivity means that the tests require more virus for a positive result than the gold standard PCR test. This means the rapid tests might produce a negative result even though there is virus present. This is called a false negative.
We will order large quantities of kits, but in the event that we run out, the Government of Alberta has indicated that it takes 3 – 4 business days to re-order. We will advise of any stocking issues prior to the date of your scheduled pickup.
Testing does not supplement or replace public heath measures such as symptom monitoring, physical distancing, masking, hand hygiene, and isolating when symptomatic or a close contact to a confirmed case.
Please continue to follow all public health guidelines as communicate by Alberta Health Services.