Alberta Implements New Measures to Track the Omicron COVID-19 Version But No Cases Currently Identified

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Premier Jason Kenney announced new measures to track the Omicron COVID-19 version on Monday afternoon, noting 156 travelers in Alberta have been instructed to quarantine after returning from countries where Types of anxiety detected.

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Specific settings such as contact tracing and notification, PCR testing for all close contacts, and rapid testing for homes and schools and childcare facilities are being implemented by the province for all COVID-19 cases, to track potential cases. are recognized for returning international travelers. New Omicron version.

However, no cases of the Omicron variant have been identified in Alberta to date.

“These passengers were contacted over the weekend with information on existing protocols, including testing and quarantine requirements,” Kenny said.

“In addition to PCR tests, domestic rapid testing kits have also been offered to these passengers and their families.”

He said that for all confirmed cases of omicron in people who have not traveled, all close contacts will be screened and asked about symptoms after 14 days of exposure.

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“Anyone with symptoms will be treated as a probable case,” he said.

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Dina Hinshaw, said the province aims to delay Omicron until more information is known about it.

She said the provincial lab is currently testing all positive COVID-19 samples for previously known variants and in the past week, 99.8 percent of all Alberta cases have been the delta variant.

“All samples that screen negative for Delta are sent for full genetic sequencing. This will help us identify any cases of Omicron,” Hinshaw said.

“All non-delta type cases in recent returnees (travellers) from any country will be prioritized for genetic sequencing.”

Hinshaw is also reminding Albertans that isolation for COVID-19 symptoms and any confirmed COVID-19 cases is mandatory.

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“Anyone who tests positive for COVID, whatever the strain, is legally required to isolate from members both within his household and outside his household for 10 days from the onset of his illness, ” He said.

As of the end of Sunday, 88.7 percent of Albertans age 12 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 83.8 percent have been fully vaccinated with two doses.

Kenny said that 18,400 doses of COVID-19 have been given to children ages five to 11 so far, while more than 57,000 appointments have been booked for the next four weeks.

Alberta reported 806 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday, and currently has 4,850 active cases across the province.

There were 325 cases of COVID-19 on Friday, 253 on Saturday and 228 on Sunday.

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There are currently 432 people hospitalized with COVID-19, a decrease of 23 from Friday. Of those, 77 are in intensive care units, a decrease of 13.

Seven more deaths raised the provincial death toll to 3,242.

In the meantime, Alberta Health Services is implementing a temporary, frequent and targeted COVID-19 test for employees who need it to reduce the risk of service disruptions and extend the deadline for a full immunization from November 30 to December 13. Not vaccinated for

Dr Verna Yiu, president and chief executive officer of AHS, said more than 96 percent of full-time and part-time employees, and more than 99 percent of physicians, have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

However, 3,000 staff members have not presented proof of vaccination or have decided not to vaccinate.

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“Only clinical workplaces that are considered to be at significant risk of service disruption due to staff shortages resulting from unvaccinated staff will be part of the testing program,” Yiu said. “The temporary testing option will only be available to a very small number of employees in a small number of specific health care locations.”

It is estimated that around 260 employees will be eligible for the test option at 16 locations.

“If an eligible unaffiliated worker at the affected sites chooses not to provide routine proof of a negative COVID-19 test, they will be placed on an unpaid leave of absence,” Yiu said.

“Employees at all other sites who have not been provided accommodation and are unimmunized as of December 13 will also be placed on unpaid leave of absence.”

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