Here's What's Changing Today After Alberta's Latest COVID-19 Update

Alberta has changed COVID-19 health measures and more changes are coming soon.

Here's What's Changing Today After Alberta's Latest COVID-19 Update

On Wednesday, July 28, Dr. Deena Hinshaw made an update regarding COVID-19 in Alberta. While the health official noted that COVID-19 cases are on the rise in the province, she went on to announce amendments to the current health and safety procedures.

As of today, July 29, "quarantine will no longer be universally, legally required for close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases," said Hinshaw.

In addition, there will no longer be asymptomatic testing for the close contacts of those who test positive. Contact tracers won't be calling close contacts anymore, either. People who test positive will be responsible for notifying their close contracts themselves, though it isn't mandatory.

Come August 16, another wave of changes will begin including the lifting of mask mandates on transit and in taxis, and removing the isolation requirement for those who test positive for COVID-19.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said that these changes are a lot and that she appreciates that they might seem scary, but that the provinces is "making changes to bring COVID-19 measures in line with how we handle other respiratory illnesses."