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NDP calls on Alberta government to release internal COVID-19 modelling

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Alberta’s Opposition NDP is calling on Premier Jason Kenney to release internal modelling that the government says supported its decision to eliminate COVID-19 public heath measures.

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Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, has said the modelling looked at transmission and severe outcomes related to the highly-contagious Delta variant.

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Hinshaw said the modelling suggests cases will rise for a month but will have limited impact on the province’s acute care system.

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NDP deputy leader Sarah Hoffman says the government needs to release the data Friday, so Albertans can make decisions on their health and gauge the risks — especially as cases spike.

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Hoffman says the United Conservatives are taking undue risk with people’s lives by lifting isolation, testing and contact tracing measures and is calling on them to reinstate the controls.

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Albertans who are close contacts of COVID-19 cases are no longer mandated to isolate and, come Aug. 16, neither will people who test positive for the virus.

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