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COVID-19 rapid testing kits to soon be available to Alberta businesses

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Local businesses will soon have access to rapid testing for COVID-19 thanks to a one-of-a kind partnership between the province and Alberta Chambers of Commerce.

The kits are being offered to chambers across Alberta. Interested businesses and not-for-profits can apply to their local chamber to get one.

Lethbridge Chamber President, Cyndi Vos says they’re planning to start offering the testing kits here as early as next Monday, May 17.

“We recognize that businesses need and want access to rapid testing,” says Vos. “The sooner we can start putting these programs into place when the restrictions are lifted, or if we can showcase what a business is doing, then we can get them back into action as soon as possible.”

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Any participating organization will be responsible for reporting back each week to their local Chamber of Commerce about the number of tests performed and the results.

Local chambers will work with all businesses and not-for-profit organizations in their communities. The province says a chamber membership is not required.

If you’re business or organization ends up taking part, you will be responsible for ensuring that anyone administering the test is adequately trained. The Province of Alberta has made training resources available online.

One other thing of note is that organizations are responsible for all costs related to establishing and operating their screening programs.

The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce will be releasing more information once things are finalized.

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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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