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Seventy certificates have been issued across Alberta since the start of the pandemic, about half of them in Edmonton, he said.
According to Williamson, they are rarely used and to “manage people who do not comply with the isolation or quarantine requirements under the Public Health Act”.
Either way, the person was either homeless, had a mental illness or addiction, and refused to self-isolate even when a hotel room was offered, he said.
“Similar to the way infectious TB patients are managed when they do not follow isolation requirements, these patients are kept in hospital until they are no longer at risk to others.” , Williamson said. “This includes COVID-19 positive cases as well as close contacts.”
Ubaka Ogbogu, a law professor at the University of Alberta, said apprehension orders are procedurally complex and are initiated by medical professionals such as a doctor, community health nurse, sage -woman or nurse practitioner.
He doesn’t expect these powers to be used frequently to force people to be tested for COVID-19.
“I’m not saying it’s impossible for them to do it. Yes, they can do it, ”he says. “I just don’t think this is something that can be used extensively during the pandemic because I think it is an extreme interference with someone’s personal freedom to catch them to test them.
“If that happened to me, I would definitely ask the court to stop it. It is then up to them to show what evidence they have to test me. ”
Meanwhile, in British Columbia, Vancouver police recently fined a party host $ 2,300 for violating health restrictions at social gatherings.