Alberta reconsiders removal of trace, test, isolation measures: sources – CTV

August 12, 2021

EDMONTON — Sources confirm to CTV News that Alberta is considering delaying its planned pandemic response shift.

The province originally planned to end the mandatory mask mandate, quarantine requirements for close contacts and those who tested positive for COVID-19, testing and contact tracing of infections on Monday.

Sources tell CTV News that both the provincial government’s COVID-19 cabinet committee and caucus met Thursday to discuss the idea of extending those public health measures beyond Aug. 16.

David Shepherd, NDP health critic, responded to the potential change in posture for testing, contact tracing, and isolation requirements in Alberta Thursday evening, calling them the most basic pandemic health measures.

Shepherd said the government is considering a six-week delay in ending the measures. CTV News has not independently confirmed that information.

The opposition member said the premier owed Albertans an apology.

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