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The Mountaineer - Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada
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Over 2,600 swabbed at Rocky testing site
By Brittany Willsie 
Staff Reporter 

Clearwater County is still sitting at zero active and three recovered COVID-19 cases, but testing in the community is ongoing.  
Alberta Health Services (AHS) reports that as of Oct. 6, over 2,600 people have been swabbed at the Rocky Mountain House Health Centre since the testing site opened on April 27. 
Rocky’s testing site saw a record day on Sept. 23 when 64 people were swabbed. 
Of those tested, more than 60 per cent reported they had symptoms related to COVID-19. Symptoms are fever, new or worsening cough, new or worsening shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, runny nose and sore throat.
Testing is still available by appointment and slots can be booked online.
Although drive-through assessment is still being done in the hospital parking lot, AHS is exploring other options for winter. They are also looking into an option to allow for more space, if more slots for testing become needed in the community. 
With students back in school, seasonal colds could see an increase in COVID-19 testing. AHS reports that 30 per cent of swabs done at the Rocky location have been for people under the age of 18. 
Tracy Kennedy is the senior communications advisor for the central zone of AHS. She provided this statement on behalf of Alberta health: 
 “We know that life continues to look different right now, and that this can be hard for all of us. But life can still be good. We celebrate those who are finding ways to connect with each other, differently, using virtual tools and other means of staying distant, but close – and safe. We have been in this together, and we need to stay in this together, to address ongoing risks.” 
Continuing forward, community members are asked to: 
Maintain social distance.
Wear a mask when you can’t maintain distance.
Keep your cohort groups small.
Stay home when sick.
Other information and supports can be found online at ahs.ca/covid.