An Alberta woman was forced to isolate in a government facility despite testing negative for COVID-19. Meanwhile, officials refused to tell her family where she was located.
Nikki Mathis was on her way home from a business trip in the United States when she was stopped by officials at the Calgary International Airport. Despite allegedly producing a negative test result, officials ordered Mathis to go to a government facility to self-isolate.
“(My wife Nikki) arrived in Calgary tonight and when she got there she was greeted by a Police Officer and an AHS (Alberta Health Services) official,” wrote Nikki’s husband Pastor Chris Mathis.
“They rejected her results and told her she needed to go immediately to an isolation facility. She was told if she resisted she would be arrested. She called me, and I immediately asked to talk with the officer. I talked with both a police officer and the AHS official, they reiterated what she had said to me.”
“I asked for the address of where she would be, they said they could not give me the location address as it was confidential.”
Nikki Mathis wrote on Facebook Friday night that she was finally allowed to leave the facility after two additional tests came back negative. Authorities told Mathis that despite the results, she was not allowed to leave until Saturday morning.
The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom announced they were taking immediate legal action against the federal government, calling for Mathis’ release.
Fort McMurray—Cold Lake MP David Yurdiga said the actions of police and Alberta Health Services betrays Canadian values.
“This incident goes against everything that makes us Canadians. We should demand far better from our government; to not even know where our loved ones are being held is a both a breach of government trust and a massive instance of state overreach.”
On Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced travellers entering Canada will face mandatory COVID-19 testing. Travellers from the United States were already required to show negative test results before boarding Canada-bound flights.
Trudeau and Dr. Tam also announced that “security contractors” will enforce quarantine rules in 35 Canadian cities. Flights to and from Mexico and the Caribbean have also been banned.