The Alberta government says it is changing how it tests people for COVID-19.
Starting next week, Albertans who need a PCR test to inform their medical treatment must have a referral from a health-care professional.
Clinicians are to determine the best testing option for their patients.
Self-referrals will still be available to people with symptoms who live or work in isolated Indigenous communities and workers in certain high-risk settings, such as health care, continuing care and correctional facilities.
Health Minister Jason Copping says in a statement that the changes would allow the province to direct its testing capacity toward those who are most at risk and allow health-care workers who were deployed to assessment centres during the pandemic to return to their regular roles.
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