Alberta introduced 415 new COVID-19 instances Thursday as well being officers urged everybody to choose up the cellphone when contact tracers name.
On Wednesday Chief Medical Officer of Well being Dr. Deena Hinshaw highlighted a “regarding rise” in COVID-19 sufferers refusing to take part within the contact tracing course of. The quantity elevated from about 1% in 2020 to a excessive of 1.9% in January 2021.
On Thursday, Well being Minister Tyler Shandro urged Albertans to belief contact tracers and reply their questions to assist cease additional unfold of the virus.
“The contact tracers are folks doing their jobs to … hold all Albertans wholesome,” he mentioned. “This isn’t about blame. It’s not invading everybody’s privateness. It’s about protecting those who you’re keen on probably the most secure and stopping the unfold of the virus.”
Alberta Well being Providers’ 2,000-person group of contact tracers can shut about 1,500 case investigations per day. When new every day instances are under 500, as they’ve been for a number of weeks, meaning contact tracers can attain everybody in a well timed method.
Shandro thanked Albertans for the sacrifices they’ve made already, since protecting private bubbles small accelerates the contact tracing course of.
Seven extra folks died of COVID-19 within the final 24 hours, and Hinshaw supplied condolences to their households.
There are actually 362 folks with COVID-19 in Alberta’s hospitals, together with 55 in intensive care.