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Failing to isolate: Red Deer RCMP charge long-term care worker under Federal Quarantine Act

Worker failed to quarantine for 14 days after returning from the United States

The Red Deer RCMP have laid a charge against an employee at Extendicare Michener Hill Long Term Care Home for violating the Federal Quarantine Act.

In a press release, the RCMP say they were contacted by the Public Health Agency of Canada about a worker at the long-term care home who failed to isolate after returning home from a vacation to the U.S.

On March 25, Canada implemented an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act requiring all travellers coming from abroad – not including asymptomatic essential workers, to quarantine for 14 days with or without symptoms.

Alberta Health Services reported the matter to the RCMP on Oct. 22.

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Extendicare said the employee was fired following an internal investigation, prompted by allegations that clear COVID-19 safety restrictions regarding travel were not followed.

“The issue was quickly reported to the authorities and Extendicare Michener Hill has cooperated fully with the RCMP in its investigation,” Extendicare said in a statement.

“The safety of our residents and staff is paramount and we take our responsibility to them, and their families, incredibly seriously. Any disregard for the rules in place to protect the people we care for will be met with a swift and severe response.”

The accused is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 26, 2021.

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