Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro says the next phase of rapid testing deployment in the province will begin Friday.
According to Shandro, mobile units will be deployed to homeless shelters and long-term care facilities. Positive cases are expected to be identified in a matter of hours.
“Alberta’s COVID-19 testing program is critical to managing and preventing the spread of the virus in our communities,” said Shandro in a statement released in conjunction with the announcement. “Bringing rapid point-of-care testing directly to the locations where it can help protect the health of the most vulnerable Albertans is an important addition to our provincial testing system.”
The pilot will begin Friday in the Edmonton Zone, before expanding to the Calgary Zone on the week of Dec. 21 and throughout the province — including remote rural areas — in the days and weeks to follow.
Shandro says more than 2.5 million tests have been administered in Alberta and more than 1.5 million Albertans have been tested.
“We are at a turning point,” said Shandro, referencing the slight downtrend in COVID-19 cases in Alberta. “Vaccination will turn the tide of the pandemic.”
On Nov. 26, Shandro announced that rapid tests would be available in early December at several testing sites throughout the province including Calgary, Edmonton, Slave Lake and St. Paul. Two versions of rapid COVID-19 test kits — the Abbott IDNow and PanBio — were approved by Health Canada and the federal government provided thousands of the kits.
Alberta Health Services and Alberta Precision Laboratories said those kits are being supplied to a number of testing sites throughout the province.
Last month, Shandro said 577,000 of the tests have been received from the federal government so far, adding that these tests can identify positive cases of COVID-19 in under 20 minutes.
The testing will still need to be performed by health-care professionals, and they will only be used on individuals who have exhibited symptoms of the disease over the past seven days.
Rapid testing will not be available to Albertans who are close contacts or who may have been exposed but are asymptomatic.
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Air Transat to suspend all flights from Toronto, some Montreal routes until April 30 – The Globe and Mail
In a move it blames on tighter restrictions imposed by Ottawa, Transat AT Inc. is halting all flights out of Toronto and some from Montreal for the remainder of the winter travel season.
The route cuts will begin Thursday and last until April 30, Transat spokeswoman Debbie Cabana said.
“Continued travel restrictions and the numerous measures imposed by the federal government, including the requirement to present a negative COVID-19 test and to quarantine upon return to Canada, have had a significant impact on our bookings,” she said.
The cancelled routes in Toronto include flights to Cancun, Mexico; Holguin, Cuba; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Varadero, Cuba; Porto, Portugal; and Lisbon, Portugal, Cabana said.
In addition to those flights, Cabana added that Transat is cancelling its flights from Montreal to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and Varadero.
The airline notified travel agents of the cancellations in a memo Wednesday, which was obtained by The Canadian Press.
Passengers who paid for their flight or vacation package with cash or credit card will receive a full refund. Passengers currently at their destinations will be rebooked on flights returning to Canada, the memo says.
Transat’s cancellations come just two weeks after Air Canada announced it would lay off 1,700 workers and cut more routes amid a challenging business environment for the aviation industry.
The federal government has cracked down on international travel in recent weeks, implementing a new requirement in January that all travellers seeking to enter Canada provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said the federal government is contemplating further restrictions, prompted by the arrival of more contagious strains of COVID-19 in Canada from abroad.
Mr. Trudeau this past weekend reiterated his call for Canadians to cancel any vacations they may have booked, warning that people who travel abroad could face difficulties returning home.
Quebec Premier François Legault has called on Ottawa to go further by banning non-essential travel completely or requiring that new entrants to Canada quarantine in a hotel at their own expense. Similarly, Ontario Premier Doug Ford has called for a temporary ban on flights to Canada from destinations where new variants of COVID-19 have been discovered.
Canada’s airlines have criticized the government’s travel restrictions since the start of the pandemic, arguing that the mandatory 14-day quarantine is overly strict and should be replaced with a testing program at airports.
The airlines have also said the restrictions were rolled out without co-ordination with the industry, leading to confusion and difficulties for passengers. Since the COVID-19 testing mandate went into effect on Jan. 7, airlines have prevented hundreds of Canadians from boarding flights abroad because they did not produce an acceptable test result.
Allison St-Jean, a spokeswoman for Transport Canada, reiterated that Ottawa is committed to assisting airlines and noted that the government is still in negotiations with airlines to develop a financial aid package.
“We are closely following the difficult and unprecedented situation that has unfolded from the heath crisis we are all living through, and that is having a particular impact on this critical sector of the Canadian economy,” Ms. St-Jean said.
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