Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw says Alberta is simplifying its COVID-19 isolation and quarantine recommendations. (File photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw says Alberta is simplifying its COVID-19 isolation and quarantine recommendations. (File photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Alberta ‘simplifying’ COVID-19 isolation, quarantine recommendations: Hinshaw

Recommendations updated as of Friday

Alberta has simplified its COVID-19 isolation and quarantine recommendations to make them consistent and easier to remember, says the province’s chief medical officer of health.

“With these changes, anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms and tests positive should isolate at home for five days from the onset of symptoms, followed by five days of masking while in indoor spaces with other people,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw said on Twitter.

The recommendations were updated on Friday.

Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms and tests negative should stay home and repeat the test after 24 hours, said Hinshaw.

“If both tests are negative, individuals should stay home until symptoms have improved and they have been free of fever (without use of medication) for 24 hours,” she said.

“Household members and other close contacts of people with COVID-19 should monitor themselves for symptoms for seven days after their last exposure. Where possible, they should avoid close contact with vulnerable persons and take precautions such as masking if close contact is necessary.”

Heading into Canada Day long weekend, Hinshaw said she’d like to remind Albertans the importance of staying home and away from others if they’re feeling unwell to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses.

“Free rapid tests are available at pharmacies across Alberta if needed,” she said.

“I would also like to remind Albertans that vaccines continue to be a critical protective factor. I strongly encourage all Albertans to receive all doses of vaccine for which they are eligible.”



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