Performing COVID-19 Tests

November 9, 2020

Dental assistants are being recruited and redeployed to help conduct COVID-19 testing. They may do so as follows:

Allowed After Training

Of the types of swabs used for COVID-19 testing, dental assistants may perform:

  • nasal swab
  • throat swab

They must complete appropriate training before performing nasal and/or throat swabs.

Not Allowed

Nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs are also used for COVID-19 testing. Dental assistants may not perform NP swabs.*

The various swabs collect samples from different depths. The NP swabbing procedure collects samples from much deeper than the nasal and throat swabs. This deeper swabbing involves a restricted activity.

*We are working with Alberta Health to temporarily allow dental assistants to perform NP swabs. We will provide more information as it becomes available.

Current date: January 19, 2021

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