UPDATED: June 14, 2022:
Alberta will take the final step in its plan to ease public health measures as the province moves past the Omicron BA.2 wave and COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline.
The rate of new hospitalizations has been declining since its peak on April 26, when there were 20.7 new COVID-19 admissions per day per million population. As of June 9, the weekly average of new hospitalizations rate was 6.6 per day per million population.
PCR test positivity and wastewater surveillance also show a continuing trend of declining COVID-19 transmission.
Effective June 14 at 11:59 p.m., Alberta will move to Step 3, which includes lifting mandatory masking on public transit and ending mandatory isolation, in common with British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Isolation will remain recommended for those with symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test.
Work is underway to prepare for the fall and winter respiratory virus season. This includes maintaining surveillance and testing programs and preparing to expand acute care surge capacity.
Step 3 – measures remain in effect until June 14 at 11:59 p.m. As of 12 a.m. on June 15:
Masking and any other measures to protect patients in Alberta Health Services (AHS) and contracted health facilities will remain in place through AHS policy as required for infection prevention and control.
CMOH orders in continuing care will be rescinded by June 30 but some measures in continuing care settings will remain in place through standards and policy. This includes maintaining practices like isolation of symptomatic residents, outbreak protocols and masking.
Vaccines are fundamental to Alberta’s ability to live with COVID-19. Albertans are encouraged to receive all doses they are eligible for.
Vaccines are readily available across the province on a walk-in basis. Appointments are also available through the Alberta Vaccine Booking System or by calling 811 or a participating pharmacy.
Alberta continues to provide rapid tests at no cost. To find a location, visit alberta.ca/CovidRapidTests. An Alberta Health Care card is not required to pick up a rapid test kit.
If you are unsure of how this update affects your ability to book at SECPA, please contact our Community Schools Facilitator:
587-960-4112 Ext. 2
For Theatre bookings, please contact our Special Events Facilitator:
587-960-4112 Ext. 1
Please note: SECPA does not have the authority to make public health decisions. If steps are taken in relation to a public health concern, it is at the direction of the Alberta Health Services and local health authorities. SECPA, in conjunction with Fort McMurray Catholic Schools, is in regular communication with Alberta Education, Alberta Health Services, and school divisions across the province. SECPA will always follow the lead of the Fort McMurray Catholic School Division.
For further updates from Alberta Health Services please visit https://fmcschools.ca/covid-19-information/