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Access to rapid testing for COVID-19 expanding again across Alberta

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CALGARY, AB – This is good news for small and medium-sized businesses across the province.

Businesses and service providers that want these free rapid tests from the Alberta government will no longer be required to have a health-care provider oversee their screening program.

That means organizations will be able to participate in the rapid testing program completely independently.

“As cases are on the rise, we know that many organizations can benefit from rapid screening programs, in order to catch cases early and break chains of transmission. We have heard from Alberta’s business community and other organizations that hiring a health-care provider was a significant and costly barrier for many organizations. This change will allow more organizations to access rapid testing kits without compromising health and safety,” Health Minister Tyler Shandro

The province will now be working with Chambers of Commerce across Alberta to develop a program specifically for their members.

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Provincial Chamber President, Ken Kolby says this great news and will permit a wider and faster adoption of the rapid test program.

This moves also aims to free up health-care providers at a time when they’re most needed.

There are stringent requirements on the use of the rapid tests for asymptomatic screening that all organizations in Alberta have to follow.

Alberta’s rapid testing program maintains strict eligibility requirements, safety protocols and oversight to ensure safe and effective program delivery.

To be eligible for rapid testing kits, employers and service providers must have a screening program plan that outlines:

  • protocols for administering the tests
  • the use of personal protective equipment
  • processes for reporting results and managing individuals who screen positive.

(With files from Alberta government news release)

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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