I would like to provide a #COVID19AB update on Omicron variant. Since Dec. 3 we have confirmed 8 new cases of the variant, bringing our total to 12. 11 cases in AB have been identified in returning travelers & 1 is a household contact.(1/9)
253
94
43
147
These individuals are isolating, and all appropriate public health follow-up is underway. To date, only mild symptoms have been reported & these individuals are recovering at home. As w/the other cases, these individuals have done nothing wrong & should not be stigmatized.(2/9)
37
14
7
65
Some household members of these cases have tested positive for COVID but have not yet been confirmed as Omicron. 1 household contact recently attended an elementary school in North Zone & 1 attended a high school. Out of an abundance of caution, we have notified the schools.(3/9)
52
18
48
56
The schools will notify any potentially exposed groups & additional testing is being recommended. It is recommended that anyone who receives a notification letter go for testing & monitor for symptoms. Anyone w/COVID-19 symptoms must isolate & should be tested through AHS.(4/9)
8
11
4
35
As an additional measure, Alberta Health will provide these 2 schools rapid tests to distribute. These tests will help parents/guardians monitor at home. If a child tests positive on a rapid test they must isolate immediately.(5/9)
41
11
4
39
Unvaccinated children may continue to attend school & childcare but should avoid crowded public places for 14 days after the last exposure. Fully vaccinated may continue to attend school & other activities but should monitor closely for symptoms.(6/9)
76
10
30
31
As a reminder, there are mitigation strategies in schools such as mandatory masking for students in Gr 4-12, recommended masking for K-3 students, mandatory cohorting for K-6 & mandatory masking for school & childcare staff.(7/9)
23
9
4
28
Each morning, staff, students & visitors should assess whether they feel well enough to attend school. Parents/guardians should assess their children daily, as usual, for any new signs or symptoms of illness using the Alberta Daily Health Checklist.(8/9) open.alberta.ca/publications…
36
8
8
43
Finding additional cases is not unexpected, and identifying these cases early is a testament to the work of our public health lab & front-line public health teams. We will continue to monitor the situation carefully & keep Albertans updated.(9/9)

4:13 PM · Dec 6, 2021

68
8
5
46
Replying to @CMOH_Alberta
How is the syphilis situation unfolding? Any updates ?
0
3
0
21
Replying to @CMOH_Alberta
I find it hard to believe this many people got on a plane with a negative PCR test result
2
0
0
2
Replying to @CMOH_Alberta
Have any of these Omnicron cases been severe, or are we chasing our tail? We need to quit concentrating on cases without discussing severity.
2
0
0
3
Maybe read the entire thread as she specifically spoke to this…
3
0
0
0
Replying to @CMOH_Alberta
The new variant is going to spread through the province isn’t it
6
0
0
10
Already has, hasn’t it
1
0
0
0
Replying to @CMOH_Alberta
Not unexpected if public health measures aren’t properly put in place!! No household contacts should be out in the public!!
2
1
0
8
Replying to @CMOH_Alberta
It's also a testament to those who are willing to admit they're not feeling well. Whose dealing with those that aren't willing to admit it or can't admit it out of fear they're going to be fired from work for taking a sick day?
1
0
0
5
Replying to @CMOH_Alberta
It is guaranteed. Due to poor Alberta policy.
1
0
0
0