On Wednesday, the province announced a return to in-classroom instruction for the vast majority of Alberta K-12 students. "The quarantine period for these people with one dose of vaccine is being shortened from 14 days to 10 for close contacts who have no symptoms." .
Alberta reported 908 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday for a total of 18,813 active cases across the province.
Those who have symptoms will still be required to isolate and be tested, and will then have to follow the necessary rules based on the outcome of the test.
There were 686 people hospitalized with COVID that day, 178 of whom were in intensive care. If they test negative, they will not need to continue to quarantine, but if they are positive, they will need to isolate for 10 days.
All the other restrictions still apply to people who haven't had any vaccine and those returning from global travel, Hinshaw said.
"AHS has systems in place to prevent double bookings through our online tool and Health Link 811", the health authority stated on Twitter.
Sturgeon County West, the area that includes Morinville, has 43.2 per cent of its population immunized against COVID-19, or 13,108 people.
Officials say those posts have been shared with police and they're also making sure pharmacies are aware of what's happening. "On any given day, no-shows account for approximately one per cent of the total number booked for an immunization", it said in an emailed statement Thursday.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 20, 2021.
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