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February 5, 2021
Government of AlbertaCOVID-19 Information for Albertan’sAlberta Health Services’ latest health information and advice for Alberta.The Public Health Agency of CanadaCOVID-19 Outbreak Updates and more information.
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 symptom.
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.
You should get tested if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.
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.
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.
Albertans are legally required under public health order to isolate for:
If you have symptoms, take the online assessment to arrange testing.
If you are in mandatory isolation:
Have symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19:
Find out more about isolating requirements and exemptions.
To protect the health and safety of Albertans, public health orders are legally-enforceable and fines can be issued for violations.
If you violate the public health order to isolate, you may be subject to a $1,000 fine. Courts could also administer fines of up to $100,000 for a first offence and up to $500,000 for a subsequent offence for more serious violations.
If you are concerned someone is not following public health orders, you can:
Submit a complaint
If you cannot submit online, you can also call 1-833-415-9179 to submit a complaint by leaving a message when prompted. Please only submit a complaint once. Do not submit online and by phone.
Complaints that require an immediate response related to gathering restrictions or physical distancing can also be reported to your local police force through their administrative phone line.
If you violate a public health order, you may be subject to a $1,000 fine. Additionally, you can be prosecuted for up to $100,000 for a first offense.
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
Keep physical distancing
Monitor your symptoms
COVID-19 symptoms are similar to influenza and other respiratory illnesses and can range from mild to severe. Even people with mild symptoms can spread COVID-19 to others.
If you have any symptom, stay home and take the online assessment to arrange testing.
Albertans are legally required to:
Learn more about cohorts and gathering restrictions
Avoid carpooling with people from outside your household, if possible. If carpooling is necessary, take steps to keep all occupants safe:
Visit https://www.alberta.ca/prevent-the-spread.aspx for more information.
Physical distancing involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with. It can help you reduce the risk of getting sick. This is not the same as self-isolation. You do not need to remain indoors, but you do need to avoid being in close contact with people.
To protect yourself and others:
For more information: https://www.alberta.ca/prevent-the-spread.aspx#p25621s3
Effective Dec. 8, masks are mandatory in all indoor public places, places of worship, and indoor workplaces unless you qualify for an exception.
Why use a mask
Albertans are encouraged to wear non-medical masks in public places or if they have a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
Wearing a homemade or non-medical mask in public is another tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It hasn’t been proven that masks protect the person wearing it, but it can help protect people from being exposed to your germs.
Masks complement – not replace – other prevention measures. Continue physical distancing and good hand hygiene, and stay home when sick.
When to use a mask
When not to use a mask
Visit https://www.alberta.ca/masks.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.