Our top doctor and provincial health officer has been supporting the province ever since the outbreak. Now that Alberta's Dr. Deena Hinshaw is in self-isolation, Albertans have taken to social media to support her in turn. She's waiting for her test results after showing cold-like symptoms.
On Monday, March 16, a statement from Health Alberta said that Hinshaw took a novel coronavirus test and will be isolating herself for two weeks.
They say that her symptoms aren't consistent with those of the virus. Instead, her condition is "likely due to the long hours that she has been working in recent weeks."
Ever since the first Albertan case of COVID-19 on Thursday, March 5, Hinshaw has provided updates and conferences every single day.
She's not letting the quarantine break her streak either; Alberta Health says she'll be giving her daily update from home as scheduled this afternoon.
"In line with the advice being provided to all Albertans, Dr. Hinshaw is self-isolating and working from home until her test results are confirmed. This is an important reminder to all of us to stay home while sick," said Alberta Health.
At a time where some people flock to the toilet paper aisle, Hinshaw has been a positive and calm voice of reason amid COVID-19 concerns.
Meanwhile, Albertans flocked to social media to praise Hinshaw's efforts in helping them through this time.
They wished her the best while she waits for the test results, and thanked her for giving clear and calm instructions.
One thing every Albertan should be able to agree on this week is that Dr. Deena Hinshaw is doing an incredible job.… https://t.co/dwYpQtsxYV— Matt De Jong (@Matt De Jong)1583876860.0
Hinshaw has been the face of Alberta's actions against COVID-19 in recent days, including the ban of large gatherings of people and strongly urging Albertans to stay within the country.
There are currently 56 cases of COVID-19 in the province, according to Health Alberta.
#Alberta Chief #PublicHealth Officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, deserves praise. AB first province to: -add #COVID19 testi… https://t.co/Pk28OmjXSO— Kulvinder Kaur MD (@Kulvinder Kaur MD)1583965110.0
At the federal level, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on the same day that Canadians should try to stay at home if they can and that the borders will be closed to almost everyone who's not a Canadian, a permanent resident, or a U.S. or Mexican national.
Anyone returning to Canada from abroad should enter a 14 day period of quarantine.