Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, says that the federal government has not reached out to her office regarding their proposed quarantine camps and she has questions about the plan.
The Trudeau government released a Request for Information (RFI) proposed to industry stakeholders, seeking plans to maximize efficiency when detaining and isolating “people for public health and other related federal requirements.”
In her Tuesday press conference, Dr. Hinshaw stated that she had questions about the possibility of a federally imposed program in Alberta, adding that the province already has a much less draconian program to isolate infected Albertans with no where else to stay. Presently, the Government of Alberta is housing infected citizens in a hotel in order to combat the virus without infecting other members of their household.
“In our province we have been managing the ability to support those who need it by using dedicated hotel space and supporting those individuals so that we limit the amount of in household transmission in those households where they don't have the capacity to isolate or quarantine effectively,” Dr. Hinshaw told Rebel News.
Dr. Hinshaw also announced on Tuesday that the government would be ending asymptomatic testing in the province, effective November 4th. Efforts will be focused on testing symptomatic Albertans and the close contacts of those infected.
According to Ontario’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, testing in asymptomatic populations is notoriously ineffective, leading to false positives in approximately half of tests. Dr. Hinshaw disputes that specific number, but believes the province will fare better testing a smaller sample of Albertans. According to the data, only around 0.1% of tested asymptomatic patients are truly positive, and resources are best spent focusing on those exhibiting symptoms.
Throughout the press conference, the majority of reporters calling in were asking if Dr. Hinshaw would cancel Halloween, or other “second-wave” fear-mongering headlines.
Hinshaw declined, on both counts, adding that using the term “second-wave” at all was misleading and wrong.