Public health authorities in Canada note they are closely monitoring Alberta’s decision to remove all health measures, although some suggest there be extra caution going forward.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer, Alberta, said in late July that despite the increasing rate of infection in the province, they will end all isolation requirements, contact tracing, and asymptomatic tracing by the middle of August.
She recently apologized over what she termed as causing confusion, anger, and fear in her communication of the plan, but has backed down, despite a lot of concern on the part of Canada’s Paediatric society, the medical association, and the family physician groups.
Manitoba’s Chief Public Health Officer, Brent Roussin, said via a news conference that they are also moving past the COVID-19 days to a new future, one that involves the general public carrying some of the risk assessment roles.
This came as the province eased measures such as gathering limits and the mask mandate, a measure that Alberta removed on the 1st of July. Manitoba, however, is seeing a decline in its COVID-19 caseload, but authorities have continued to uphold isolations measures, contact tracing and testing.
Ontario’s CMOH, Kieran Moore, said Tuesday they will continue observing increasing case numbers in Alberta hoping that they will learn from this experience and that of other areas.
He added that simple restrictions such as wearing masks while in public places have shown that they can slow down the spread of COVID-19.
Dr. Bonnie Henry noted that B.C will continue to allow travelers from Alberta provided the province’s restriction measures.
While addressing a gathering at a recent press briefing, Canada’s Deputy Chief Medical Health Officer, stated that provinces may be required to initiate steps geared toward protecting the masses as rules vary across provinces.