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Alberta changes eligibility for COVID-19 PCR tests

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Alberta is changing the eligibility for COVID-19 PCR tests due to rising demand. Chief medical officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, made the announcement on Monday saying the new requirements will focus on those who need them the most.

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