Based on new evidence, starting November 2, there are updates to the daily COVID-19 symptoms checklist for children under 18.  The checklist for those 18 years of age and older has not changed.  Both checklists are available here. This link is also posted on the home page of the WCS website.

What has changed on the checklist for those under 18?

  • Symptoms of runny nose and sore throat have been removed from the mandatory isolation checklist for Albertans under 18.
  • Children under 18 are exempt from mandatory isolation for runny nose or sore throat but should stay home until symptoms are gone
  • The core isolation symptoms for children are now one (or more) of the following: cough, fever, loss of taste or smell, and shortness of breath. If a child has any of these core symptoms:
    • They are to isolate for 10 days OR have a negative COVID-19 test result and feel better before they return to school or other activities.
  • If a child has one of the following symptoms: chills; sore throat or painful swallowing; runny nose or congestion; feeling unwell or fatigue; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; unexplained loss of appetite; muscle or joint aches; headache; or conjunctivitis (pink eye):
    • The child should stay home and monitor for 24 hours.
    • If their symptom is improving after 24 hours, they can return to school/activities when they feel well enough to attend. Testing is not recommended.
    • If the symptom worsens after 24 hours, or if additional symptoms emerge, or if the child has any two symptoms from this second list, they are to continue to stay home, and testing is recommended but not required. The child can return to activities and school when their symptoms have resolved AND it has been 24 hours or more since their symptoms started.

For more information, please see the following links:

Symptoms and testing

Update and explanation of these changes from Dr. Hinshaw.