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AHS changing system for notifying close contacts at large events

Last Updated Oct 27, 2020 at 7:30 am MDT

FILE - This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab. On Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, the top U.S. public health agency said that coronavirus can spread greater distances through the air than 6 feet, particularly in poorly ventilated and enclosed spaces. But agency officials continued to say such spread is uncommon, and current social distancing guidelines still make sense. (NIAID-RML via AP)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Alberta Health Services (AHS) has announced a change to how it will contact people who may have attended a large event with a positive COVID-19 case.

From now on, when a positive case is identified in someone who went to an event with 10 or more people, AHS will notify the organizer of the event who will then be directed to email all those who attended within 24 hours.

Previously, AHS would call each attendee by phone.

The agency believes this will improve the efficiency of the close contact notification process for events that pose a risk of rapid spread of the illness.

“AHS appreciates the support of all Albertans in managing the risk of spread associated with these events,” AHS said in a release.

“Albertans are encouraged to continue limiting their social engagements, and follow all public health measures when interacting with other Albertans.”

The news comes as Alberta reported over 1,400 cases this past weekend, prompting Alberta Health to limit social gatherings for Calgary and Edmonton.