Assessment & Testing

COVID-19

Use the Assessment & Testing Tool to help decide if you should talk to someone about your symptoms or if you are eligible for COVID-19 testing.

Rapid Testing At Home: Pending availability, free COVID-19 rapid testing kits can be picked up at these locations.

Note: Hospitals are not distributing rapid test kits. Rapid test kits cannot be used for travel.

Change or Cancel Your COVID-19 Test Appointment: If you have already booked a COVID-19 test using the online tool and would like to reschedule or cancel, visit AHS.ca/mybooking.

COVID-19 Assessment & Testing

For Albertans with a Physician Referral

Free molecular testing (e.g. PCR) at AHS Assessment Centres is available with a physician referral for:

  • Pregnant individuals with symptoms.
  • Individuals that may be eligible for anti-viral treatment (Paxlovid or Remdesivir), or who need testing to inform their care.

Individuals in the above categories must ensure their referring physician has sent a lab requisition to AHS before booking an appointment.

Self-referral:

Free molecular testing (e.g., PCR) at an AHS Assessment Centre is available through self-referral. A physician referral is NOT required for:

  • Individuals who live or work in high-risk settings including:
    • People with symptoms who live or work in isolated and remote First Nation, Inuit, and Métis communities.
    • Healthcare workers and workers in specific high-risk settings.

If you do not fall into the above list, you are not eligible for COVID-19 molecular (e.g. PCR) testing from AHS.

You can use an at-home rapid test to screen for COVID-19. If you don’t have access to one, stay home and away from other people until your symptoms get better.

If you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19, you are recommended to isolate.

Private testing is available, for a fee, for testing related to:

  • Travel

If you require COVID-19 testing outside of the public testing program, a variety of fee-for-service options are available through the private sector, including DynaLIFE Medical Labs, Numi Health, Equity Health Services and some pharmacies.

COVID-19 Assessment & Testing

For Healthcare Workers & Workers in Specific High-Risk Settings – Self Referral

People in the settings below should use the button above to determine if they need to book a test.

If you fall into the below groups, you do not require a physician referral to book an appointment.

  • Healthcare workers*
  • Group home, disability support and shelter workers;
  • Correctional facility staff in provincial & federal facilities
  • Individuals who provide services in a clinical care setting including hospitals, clinics, pharmacies

*You are considered a healthcare worker if you work in the following settings:

  • AHS or Covenant facility in which patient care is provided
  • Home Care
  • Primary Care
  • Diagnostic Imaging or Laboratory Clinics
  • Medical Specialty Clinics
  • Continuing Care and Licensed Supportive Living Sites
  • Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians in patient care settings
  • Other settings where face-to-face patient care is provided (including emergency medical responders)

Fit for Work Assessment for Healthcare Workers

Complete the Online Questionnaire.