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Isolating and quarantining help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of people you could infect if you're sick. Both require staying home and avoiding situations where the virus could spread.
Albertans are legally required to:
Learn more about isolation requirements: https://www.alberta.ca/isolation.aspx
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An outbreak of respiratory illness, now known to be caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, was first identified in Wuhan, China on December 31, 2019. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the virus a public health emergency. The novel coronavirus disease has been given the name COVID-19.
COVID-19 is a serious health threat, and the situation is evolving daily. The risk varies between and within communities, but given the number of cases in Canada, the risk to Canadians is considered high.
You should get tested if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.
If you have any of these CORE symptoms you are legally required to isolate for at least 10 days from the start of your symptoms or until they resolve, whichever is longer:
If you have any of these other symptoms, stay home and minimize your contact with others until your symptoms resolve:
Monitor your health and call Health Link 811 if you have questions or concerns. Call 911 immediately if experiencing severe symptoms of COVID-19, including difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, feelings of confusion or loss of consciousness.
If you have any of these core symptoms, you need to isolate for at least 10 days from the start of your symptoms or until they are gone, whichever is longer, or until you test negative for COVID-19. Financial support may be available if you experience a loss of income.
Any symptom: Stay home and limit contact with others until symptoms are gone. Testing is recommended.
1 symptom: Stay home for 24 hours, get tested if symptoms don’t improve.2+ symptoms: Get tested and stay home until well or the test is negative.
Monitor your health and call Health Link 811 or your health care provider if you have questions or concerns. Call 911 immediately if experiencing severe symptoms of COVID-19, including difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, feelings of confusion, or loss of consciousness.
Priority testing is available to:
Monitor your symptoms
Adults over 18
Children under 18
Book a Test
If you have symptoms or known exposure to COVID-19, you must stay home and book your test online with AHS assessment tool or call Health Link 811.
Take the COVID-19 assessment / Book a test
Albertans 14 years old or older can access test results online through MyHealth Records, a secure Alberta government service that helps keep track of your health information.
We all have a responsibility to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta. Take steps to protect yourself and others.
Practice good hygiene
Isolate or Quarantine if Required
Isolation and quarantine requirements are in place for individuals with COVID-19 symptoms or who have been exposed to a COVID-19 case. Modified requirements are in place for individuals who are partially or fully vaccinated.
Visit https://www.alberta.ca/prevent-the-spread.aspx for more information.
Create a Household Action Plan
Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan.
Prepare for Isolation
Financial support is available if you’re unable to work because you are sick, required to isolate, or are caring for someone in isolation.
Hotel rooms may be available if you can’t isolate safely in your own home.