Coronavirus: Alberta’s top doctor updates on province’s COVID-19 cases, variants | FULL

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced on Tuesday that COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths are trending downwards in the province — but new variant cases are a concern.

Hinshaw stated that Alberta Health Services has formed a dedicated contact tracing team, as the province reported 50 cases of the U.K. variant and seven of the South African variant.

She said a majority of Alberta’s variant cases are from returning travellers, however eight cases in five different households have no links to travel. Hinshaw added four cases are linked to a daycare outbreak. Household spread has led to children of returning travellers attending school while infectious, and now three classes from two schools in the Calgary zone are isolating, she said.

Alberta’s top doctor also said that given how easily the COVID-19 variants spread, the entire household of anyone who tests positive must isolate for two weeks.

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