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Alberta scaling back on testing for variants of concern so labs can keep up with general COVID-19 testing: AHS

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COVID-19 cases that are also swamping hospitals, the province’s health authority confirmed Friday that testing for variants of concern is being significantly scaled back to maintain lab capacity for general coronavirus testing.“Alberta’s COVID-19 testing program will no longer screen for variants of concern on all positive COVID-19 test samples,” Alberta Health Services spokesperson Kerry Williamson said in an email to Global News on Friday night. “Instead, Alberta Precision Laboratories (APL) will begin screening for variants of concern only among targeted populations, including hospitalized and emergency department patients, patients involved in outbreaks, health-care workers and recent international travellers.“These populations have a.

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