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Tuesday, May 5, 2020 / Categories: Press Releases

Press Release - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Whitecourt May 5, 2020

Effective May 4, Alberta Health Services expanded the list of symptoms for which Albertans can schedule a COVID-19 test. This reflects Alberta’s strong testing capacity, and ability to increase that capacity even further. Continuing this high level of testing will allow new cases to be identified quickly and to help contain COVID-19 in Alberta.

Previously those Albertans experiencing the following symptoms were tested for COVID-19. Anyone who has these symptoms MUST self-isolate for a minimum 10 days or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer.

  • fever

  • a new cough or a chronic cough that is worsening

  • new shortness of breath or chronic shortness of breath that is worsening

  • difficulty breathing

  • sore throat

  • runny nose

Albertans who have any of the following symptoms are now eligible to be tested for COVID-19. Those with these symptoms are not required to self-isolate, but it is strongly advised that they stay home and minimize contact with others until they are feeling better.

  • chills,

  • painful swallowing,

  • stuffy nose,

  • headache,

  • muscle/joint ache,

  • feeling unwell/fatigue/severe exhaustion,

  • nausea/vomiting/diarrhea/unexplained loss of appetite,

  • loss of sense of smell or taste,

  • conjunctivitis (pink eye).

This increased symptom list has been incorporated into both of the online Self-Assessment Tools: the one for the public and the one for Healthcare & Shelter Workers/Enforcement Personnel/First Responders.  To complete the online assessment visit

COVID-19 information and updates are publicly available on the Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services websites: