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Alberta records more Omicron COVID-19 cases

A medical technician handles samples of COVID-19 tests. (Photo by Salvatore Laporta/KONTROLAB/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Alberta now has 12 confirmed cases of Omicron.

The total has risen after the province recorded eight additional cases of the COVID-19 variant over the weekend, since Friday.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw says all but one of the cases were in people who had travelled.

That one exception was a household contact of another person who had contracted the variant.

“These individuals are isolating, and all appropriate public health follow-up is underway,” a tweet from Hinshaw Monday reads. “To date, only mild symptoms have been reported & these individuals are recovering at home.”

She notes some other household members of these cases have also tested positive for COVID-19, though it was not confirmed yet if these cases were also of the variant.

Hinshaw adds someone who lived in the same home as one of the people infected with Omicron attended an elementary school and a high school in the North Zone.

The schools have been notified and will be giving out rapid tests.

“It is recommended that anyone who receives a notification letter go for testing & monitor for symptoms. Anyone w/COVID-19 symptoms must isolate & should be tested through AHS,” Hinshaw explained.

She says unvaccinated children can still attend school and childcare. However, these kids “should avoid crowded public places for 14 days after the last exposure.”

Fully vaccinated kids may still go to school and attend other activities but parents should monitor them for any symptoms.

Once again, Hinshaw is urging people not to stigmatize those who have contracted the new COVID-19 variant.

“These individuals have done nothing wrong,” a tweet reads.