Alberta Mirror

Monday, October 3, 2022

Alberta to lift remaining COVID-19 constraints

Alberta

Key takeaways: 

  • Masking on transit required isolation ending Tuesday at 11:59 p.m.
  • Alberta will no longer need masks or face coverings on transit beginning Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. 

The final remaining COVID-19 public health limitations in Alberta are ending. 

As of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, the Alberta government will lift the region’s remaining COVID-19 constraints, meaning required masking on public transit will end, as will required isolation. 

“We must live with COVID-19 while acknowledging that it will continue to be present. We’ll continue to work to keep Albertans secure by providing access to vaccines, antivirals, and rapid tests, through ongoing COVID-19 surveillance, and by improving health-care system power,” Health Minister Jason Copping stated in a statement Monday. 

Though not needed, isolation will be recommended for those with COVID symptoms or a positive test result.

Other regions like Saskatchewan and Manitoba have already lifted self-isolation requirements. 

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The final remaining COVID-19 public health limitations in Alberta are ending

The region will still keep some health efforts in health-care settings, such as masking. Alberta Health Services confirmed that masking will still be needed at all acute care, continuing care, and community locations, including immunization and lab collection areas.

The chief medical officer of health order impacting continuing care is anticipated to be lifted by June 30, the region said in a press release. Some efforts in continuing care settings will stay in place through standards and policy, such as isolation of symptomatic citizens, outbreak protocols, and masking.

The decision to lift limitations was not cited at the region’s most recent COVID-19 press conference on Thursday when Copping started the BA.2 Omicron wave — the sixth wave of COVID in Alberta — was over. 

The government’s press release notes the region has seen falling rates of COVID hospitalizations, PCR test positivity, and levels of wastewater surveillance.

“Learning to live with COVID-19 does not mean ignoring it,” Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Monday in a press release. 

Source – cbc.ca

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