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COVID-19: Alberta plans to open secondary Edmonton assessment centre to divert patients from emergency departments

Edmonton Journal logo Edmonton Journal 2020-03-28 Lisa Johnson
a man standing in front of a building: People enter a COVID-19 assessment clinic in Edmonton, on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. © Greg Southam People enter a COVID-19 assessment clinic in Edmonton, on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.
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Alberta Health Services is planning to open a secondary assessment centre in Edmonton for COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms and people with influenza or respiratory illnesses.

Patients will need to be referred by Health Link for medical assessment and treatment. The centre is intended to keep patients who need to self-isolate but don’t require urgent care out of emergency departments.

“This assessment and treatment centre is being created to ensure a safe space for patients to receive short-term treatment to support their recovery from influenza-like illnesses including COVID-19, where all efforts are geared towards ensuring a protected treatment environment for patients and staff,” Kerry Williamson, spokesperson for Alberta Health Services, said in a statement Friday.

Service at the secondary assessment centre will be available 16 hours a day, by appointment. Postmedia has decided not to publish the centre’s location in an effort to prevent a flood of patients who haven’t been referred by Health Link.

The centre will also be used for people whose family doctors are not seeing symptomatic patients.

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