Showed up to work yesterday, coughed a few times, and promptly got sent home. My work sent me a text message requesting that I get a COVID test and send them the results before coming back.
The work day starts at 8:30am, I was home by 9:00am. I then looked into getting a COVID test. The Government of Alberta has a website where you can book an appointment. I go through several pages and get to the end where you submit it to get an appointment. I could not get the website to work beyond that point.
I then phoned the local hospital. They tell me you have to book through Alberta Health Services. Try the website again, no success. Phone the number on the website where after going through the phone menu options I sit on hold for over ninety minutes before I get a live body.
I then answer a raft of questions and the registered nurse on the other end tells me I have a cold. I agree, however my employer insists on a COVID test and I need to book one. Then the line goes dead. I wait a minute, then I get a phone call, the nurse apologizes for accidentally hanging up on me. I am just grateful I do not need to do this again for another possibly another ninety minutes. My appointment is for 1:30pm where I have to drive to a parking lot where two trailers are set up to do the testing.
I get to the parking lot at the given time. My instructions were to wait in my vehicle until called. So for fifteen minutes I am waiting in 30C heat until I am called. I get a call and they ask me for my name, I give it to them, and the line goes dead. I promptly get another call and the same thing happens again. At this point I am contemplating walking over and knocking on the door of the trailer. Before that happens someone starts walking towards me in a white medical overall, blue gloves, and a facemask. She verifies my identity and I follow her to the trailer.
The trailer looks like a forty foot cargo trailer with no windows. When you get inside it looks like something out of a science fiction movie. There are seven people inside dressed the same way as my guide, laptops, and some medical stuff. I get a swab stuck up my nose for ten seconds and I am done.
At 2:45am this morning I got a text stating my test was negative for COVID. All of my alerts on my phone are turned off so I do not know if I get a text or an email unless I tap an icon to check. I woke up after eight this morning and discovered the news.
So I have cold which has largely gone away. I might be able to go into work tomorrow.