The TYEE July 29,2021
At the first COVID-19 news conference in almost a month, and quite possibly the last one ever, chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw let Albertans know yesterday that they and their still-unvaccinated children will basically be on their own when it comes to the virus’s rapidly spreading Delta variant.
With Delta-dominated post-Calgary-Stampede COVID-19 rates surging and more than 1.5 million Albertans including all children under 12 still unvaccinated, Dr. Hinshaw announced that in less than three weeks Albertans who test positive for COVID-19 will no longer be required to go into isolation, or seemingly do anything else.
At that point, Alberta will probably be the only jurisdiction in the world where such a state of affairs exists, at least officially. So if COVID-infected Albertans want to go to a bar, hang out in restaurants, sing in church, or attend musical concerts, there’s nothing to stop them. They can fill their boots!
CBC News:July 29/21
The province announced Wednesday that Alberta will soon have no mandatory COVID-19 protocols: no more mandatory masking, contact tracing or isolating. It’s part of a move to treat the coronavirus more like other respiratory viruses.
Starting Thursday, anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result must isolate, but quarantine for their close contacts will be recommended and not mandatory.
On Aug. 16, isolation following a positive test will no longer be required but “strongly recommended,” and by the end of August, testing will be scaled back to only those with severe symptoms.
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said that lifting the remaining health orders in Alberta was “the height of insanity.”