Alberta's health minister tests positive for COVID-19

Official is isolating at home, but is facing criticism online

Alberta's health minister tests positive for COVID-19

Alberta’s minister of health has tested positive for COVID-19.

Jason Copping announced the development in a series of tweets.

“After displaying mild symptoms last week, I have taken a rapid test and tested positive. I am now isolating at home,” tweeted Copping on Monday.

“Please stay home if you have symptoms, and take a rapid test if you can.”

Copping also urged Albertans to who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 to consider getting their jabs.

Nearly half (48 per cent) of Canadians believe that employers should require workers to receive a booster shot against COVID-19, according to a previous report.

“Reports suggest fully vaccinated individuals are 19 times less likely to end up in the hospital with Omicron than unvaccinated individuals,” he noted

Previously, Sonya Savage, Alberta’s minister of energy, also tested positive for COVID-19.


Several Twitter users have criticized Copping for his announcement.

“Don't you think this is a bit of a contradictory message? If you have symptoms, stay home. Or, be like the health minister and wait a week before testing and isolating,” said @ian_doktor.

“So even with mild signs last week, you only took a test now? That certainly is NOT leadership from the Minister of Health,” said Twitter user @JMGibson5.

“1) You had symptoms and carried on for a week exposing everyone you’ve interacted with. Nice. 2) Way to throw it in the faces of nearly EVERY Albertan who doesn’t have access to RATs,” according to @ohnoyoudihnt.

Copping’s announcement came on the same day the province reported 1,007 Albertans were hospitalized with the virus, 94 among them are in ICU. Alberta also has 72,368 active COVID-19 cases, based on data updated on Monday that was accurate by end of Sunday.

Overall, the province has recorded 452,381 and 376,610. Meanwhile, 3,403 have died.

Alberta has also completed 6,629,848 COVID-19 tests, with 2,691,328 people tested.

Alberta oilsands companies are operating with critical staff only as they try to minimize the workforce impact of the highly contagious Omicron variant, according to a report.