Posted on Nov 12, 2020

Six Measures to Help Track & Limit the spread

Alberta’s NDP Official Opposition is calling for six pro-active and non-restrictive measures that could reduce transmission and change the trajectory of Alberta’s case numbers.

  1. Reverse the plan to fire 11,000 frontline hospital workers.
  2. Faster turnaround for testing results and public reporting of turnaround times.
  3. Hire more than 1,300 human contact tracers
  4. Immediately make the COVID-19 national contact tracing app operational in Alberta.
  5. Introduce a COVID-19 Risk Index that gives business the ability to plan for moving up or down a stage of the relaunch strategy.
  6. Develop and publish a provincial staffing plan for continuing care facilities.

In April, Jason Kenney said the COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest challenge of our generation. Our daily case counts are more than 10 times what they were in April and I worry that the Premier has lost focus on the gravity of the situation. We do not want to see another lockdown and the way to avoid that is to take this seriously now. - Rachel Notley

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Anne Mitchell


I wish Jason Kenney would get his act together and follow guidelines based on real time juried studies done besides the modelling” embraced by Dr. Hinshaw. He hasn’t just thrown her under a bus by not embracing the the science I read, that does NOT endorse his political agenda, he has thrown all Albertans under a bus. He has no shame when it comes to advancing his own power or political agendas.

Cheryl Jones


I love the idea of a Risk Index. It would incentivize businesses to do the right thing. For example, I’ve personally witnessed clients in my hair salon remove their masks to sip the tea they were offered, then keep the mask off for their entire visit. And staff are afraid to say anything because they don’t want to lose business. If a business’s ability to stay open was tied to their enforcement of health measures rather than what sector they were in, the staff may be more willing to enforce measures. Another example is a small dance group that can tightly control and enforce all health measures being lumped in a sector with large box gyms who allow hundreds of members to pack their building. As it stands, the low-risk dance group must wait to reopen, but with a Risk Index where every business has to prove their safety regardless of sector, the small dance group may have been able to remain open and not go out of business.

Del Smith


Develop and publish a provincial staffing plan for continuing care facilities. These facilities are “Health Care” facilities and should be staffed & ‘MANAGED’ by Alberta Health Care to take the “profit” out of management. Facility owner’s should be nothing more than landlords, with their income restricted to rental income. Currently, in private facilities, profit overrides health care & this needs to change.