- According to the government, Alberta will reach Step 3, the final stage of the reopening plan, which will end compulsory isolation and masks on public transportation.
- According to the province, hospitalization rates had fallen since April 26, when admissions to Alberta hospitals for COVID-19 were at 20.7 per day per million people.
All COVID-19 public health restrictions in Alberta, including enforced isolation, will be lifted at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday.
Alberta will reach Step 3, the final stage of the reopening plan, which will cease enforced isolation and masks on public transportation, according to the province. A government news release announced the move on Monday evening.
Only the province will prescribe isolation for anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or who tested positive.
Individual locations will now decide on mandatory masking regulations at Alberta Health Services and other healthcare facilities.
“We must live with COVID-19 while knowing that it will persist,” said Jason Copping, the health minister.
“We’ll remain working to keep Albertans safe by assuring availability to vaccines, antivirals, and fast diagnostics, as well as increasing healthcare system capacity and continued COVID-19 surveillance.”
According to the province, PCR test positivity and wastewater monitoring data show a “declining COVID-19 transmission pattern.”
Hospitalization rates had decreased since April 26, when admissions to Alberta hospitals for COVID-19 were at 20.7 per day per million people, according to the province. Last week, the figure was 6.6 per million population per day.
The province says it’s getting ready for the fall and winter respiratory virus seasons, including keeping testing and monitoring programs up to date and expanding hospital surge capacity.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, stated that learning to live with COVID-19 does not imply ignoring it.
“As we bring COVID-19 management in line with other respiratory diseases, it will be even more important that we get our primary vaccine series and also any additional booster doses we are eligible for, as well as maintain good habits like handwashing and avoiding being around others if we are sick,” she said.
Source: CTV News
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