The province’s health guidelines will continue to apply for now, a government source told CBC News.
The source said changes previously planned to take effect on August 16 will not be implemented at this time.
But the changes planned for Aug. 31 are still on track, the source said.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer, is scheduled to speak with Adriana LaGrange, Alberta’s Minister of Education, on Friday morning. 9:30 to provide an update on “back to school guidance and the ongoing work to protect public health in schools.”
She is expected to announce the changes during this press conference, according to the source.
Hinshaw announced in late July that the province would complete isolation requirements, asymptomatic testing and contact tracking by mid-August.
‘COVID is still a threat’
At a news conference on Thursday, NDP health critic David Shepherd said the protection would remain in place “for at least another six weeks.”
“After weeks of telling the Albertans that the pandemic is over, weeks of lubricating doctors and journalists, Kenney was forced to admit that COVID remains a threat,” Shepherd said.
Shepherd said the party had “a number of sources” they had spoken to who “confirmed that this was decided at a cabinet meeting earlier today and will actually be announced tomorrow.”
“At least one of these sources [is in] the government itself, “he said. I understand that other media outlets in the media have also had these conversations and have spoken to sources who have confirmed this information. “
The province’s original plan raised concerns from the Canadian Pediatric Society, the Alberta Medical Association, the Alberta College of Family Physicians and the federal health minister.
In a column sent to the media in early August, Hinshaw apologized for causing it “confusion, fear or anger” after communicating the plan to repeal public health measures.
On August 5, Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu wrote a letter to her Alberta colleague in which she said she agreed with the Canadian pediatric community’s description of Alberta’s move to repeal the measures as an “unnecessary and risky game.”
Alberta’s Prime Minister Jason Kenney fired back at the minister, saying he would not “lecture” from the federal government.
“We are not going to … take lectures from Minister Hajdu, especially when it turns out that she and her boss [Prime Minister] Justin Trudeau is hell for a federal election campaign, “Kenney said on August 6.
Alberta public health officials reported 550 net new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the second day in a row where the daily number of cases exceeded the 500 mark.
The number of Albanians killed by COVID-19 remains at 2,331.
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