New on­line tools to help de­ter­mine need for COVID test­ing for Alta. and Sask.

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Al­berta Health Ser­vices (AHS) has de­vel­oped a sim­ple on­line as­sess­ment tool to help peo­ple de­cide whether they need to be tested for COVID-19.

Now avail­able at ahs.ca/covid, this tool asks ques­tions about symp­toms and takes users through steps to help de­ter­mine whether they should call Health Link at 811 for test­ing.

There is a sim­i­lar one for Saskatchew­an at: https://www.saskatchew­an.ca/ gov­ern­ment/ health-care-ad min­is­tra­tio­nand-provider -re­sources/ treat­ment­pro­ce­dures-an d-guide­lines/ emerg­ing­pub­lic-health-is sues /2019- nov­el­corona virus/ co vi d-19-self-as­sess­ment

“AHS teams have come to­gether to en­sure we are pro­tect­ing each other and keep­ing Al­ber­tans healthy and safe. Health Link is an im­por­tant tool for Al­ber­tans right now,” says AHS Pres­i­dent and CEO Dr. Verna Yiu. “Our staff are work­ing to re­spond quickly to those who need to be as­sessed for COVID-19. This tool can help us re­duce call vol­umes, keep the lines open for those with se­ri­ous symp­toms and re­as­sure those Al­ber­tans who don’t need test­ing right now.”

If you have symp­toms such as fever, cough and dif­fi­culty breath­ing, and have trav­elled out­side Canada, or have been ex­posed to some­one who has COVID-19, stay home and call Health Link at 811. If you are not se­ri­ously ill, do not go to a physi­cian’s of­fice, a health­care fa­cil­ity or a lab with­out con­sult­ing with Health Link first. Call 911, if you are se­ri­ously ill and need im­me­di­ate med­i­cal at­ten­tion and in­form them you may have COVID-19. If you aren’t sure, visit the on­line tool at ahs.ca/covid or go to al­berta.ca/covid19 for more in­for­ma­tion.

In Saskatchew­an, ac­cess the most upto-date news and in­for­ma­tion on www. saskatchew­an.ca/COVID19 or Email [email protected]

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