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Alberta to decide if it will extend State of Public Health Emergency next week

Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro. (PHOTO: Tom Ross, 660 NEWS)

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – Alberta’s 90-day State of Public Health Emergency is set to expire on June 15 and a final decision on whether to renew the order is slated to be made in the coming days.

The Emergency Management Cabinet Committee (EMCC) plans to meet the first week of June to make the final decision.

On Wednesday, Premier Jason Kenney announced during question period in the legislature that the order wouldn’t be renewed, but when Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw was asked about this, she appeared to not know about the announcement.

“I haven’t had the opportunity to have that conversation,” Hinshaw said that same day.

Minister of Health Tyler Shandro was questioned Thursday about how much consultation took place between the government and the public health office regarding the decision not to renew the order, with the minster saying they are in constant talks with Hinshaw.

“I speak with Dr. Hinshaw every day and the premier probably does as well,” Shandro said.

Shandro also referenced the low number of cases recently reported in the province as a reason for the premier saying they wouldn’t renew the health order.

“At this time, what I think the premier is saying is that all indication is that there doesn’t seem to be any reason for us at this time to be contemplating an extension beyond June 15”

Hinshaw said during Thursday’s COVID-19 update that even if the health order isn’t renewed it would not prevent her from accessing tools needed to help people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The public health order was issued on March 17.