Alberta cancels plans to end COVID-19 testing, isolating; province to ramp up sewage monitoring program Oct. 1 – Edmonton Journal

Sep 06, 2021

Alberta has cancelled plans to end routine COVID-19 swab testing and isolation rules amid a rising fourth wave, as it also ramps up coronavirus sewage monitoring to cover most of the province by Oct. 1.

Chris Bourdeau, an Alberta Health spokesman, told Postmedia on Sunday testing people with COVID-19 symptoms will continue in its current form past Sept. 27. This is the second time the government has reversed course on halting routine testing. Cases have surged in recent weeks, as has criticism of the province’s plans to end COVID-19 protocols like testing, tracing and isolation.

Bourdeau also confirmed Monday that 10-day mandatory isolation for those who test positive for COVID-19 or who have symptoms, as well as mandatory masking orders in public transit, taxis and ride-shares, will remain in place beyond Sept. 27. A new date to end these rules hasn’t been set.

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