COVID-19 Rapid Test Supply Runs Out at Multiple South Zone Locations – Lethbridge | The Canadian News

As Christmas Day approaches, one of the most popular items of the season is not a toy, but a rapid COVID-19 test kit.

Friday was the first day the free kits became available across the province and Audrey Swap was hoping to get one from the Coaldale Health Center before reuniting with the family for the holidays.

“I called on the phone and sure enough (they) said ‘Oh, now we’re all out. We may have some next week, ‘”Swap said.

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“But they said if they do, you have to be there at 7:30 in the morning or you’re not going to get one either.”

At 9:15 a.m. Friday, Alberta Health Services South Zone tweeted that its sites in Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Pincher Creek and Coaldale were already sold out.

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The South Zone received a total of 4,000 kits containing five rapid tests each, with 400 available at the Lethbridge Health Unit, the only site to deliver them in the city.

Global News asked Alberta Health specifically why Lethbridge, the province’s third-largest city, was not included in the initial pharmacy launch on Friday. So far, pharmacies only sell them in Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer.

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We did not receive an answer to that question, but in a statement, Alberta Health said that “we have worked hard to ensure that the supply is distributed throughout the province for the people of Alberta. However, with only 500,000 kits available in total initially, we can expect demand to exceed supply. “

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Alberta Health adds that an additional 50,000 kits were shipped to AHS locations on Friday.

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Now, Swap is left in hopes of being able to grab a kit when the next wave hits the area. If not, your plans will be similar to last Christmas.

“We’ve been in a little two-home bubble the whole time and we were all prepared with our own turkeys and our own hams in case we were all separated and everything was fine,” Swap said.

“We will just be as safe as we can and hope for the best.”

Alberta Health says that as more kits become available at Health Canada, more pickup locations will be added across the province.

“We continue to work with the federal government to ensure the additional supply of rapid test kits as quickly as possible,” Alberta Health said.

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