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Alberta COVID-19 isolation rules could have ripple effect: Tam

Last Updated Jul 30, 2021 at 10:43 am MDT

FILE - Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

OTTAWA – Canada’s top doctors say Alberta’s decision to end isolation requirements for those who test positive for COVID-19, or who have been in close contact with someone who has, could have ripple effects across the country.

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam is urging people to continue isolating, get tested for COVID-19, and inform their close contacts even if it is no longer mandated.

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Alberta’s case levels have been rising and the delta variant is now dominant.

Vaccination rates have also begun to lag with around 75 per cent of eligible Albertans getting at least one dose of vaccine and 64 per cent fully immunized.


Tam says Alberta still has a long way to go to get enough people vaccinated to keep everyone safe.

Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada’s deputy chief public health officer, adds that if Alberta sees more infections among its unvaccinated populations that could spread throughout Canada as people travel.