Alberta Health Services (AHS) will no longer directly notify individual close contacts of positive cases that are confirmed outside of three priority groups.
The provincial health authority released a statement on the change which they attribute to the recent uptick in cases of COVID-19 provincewide Thursday.
“Alberta is seeing a sustained record number of new COVID-19 cases confirmed in the province daily and with each case there are double to triple the number of close contacts that require notification and follow-up,” the press release reads. “This volume is unprecedented. The AHS contact tracing team is working tirelessly to meet demand. However, to help this team – and the health of our communities – we are engaging Albertans to support contact tracing efforts. Effective Friday AHS will temporarily change the [current approach to close contacts].”
AHS will continue to directly notify close contacts of cases of COVID-19 confirmed in three priority groups consisting of health care workers, minors (parents will be notified if their child has been exposed in the school setting) and individuals who live, work within or congregate in communal facilities.