‘Adventures at Camp COVID’: Man documents stay at Calgary isolation hotel

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It’s a program Dargie wasn’t aware existed until it was offered to him. He checked in on Jan. 18 and is slated to stay until Wednesday.

The owner of a local creative agency and a company member with Loose Moose Theatre, Dargie decided to blog the novel experience at his website, to pass the time and give others a window into isolation hotels.

“All in all, it’s been a very positive experience,” he said. “I think it’s an amazing program. It’s not easy, since I can’t see humans at all. But I think it’s such a great thing to do, to help get on top of this thing.”

Food is provided by the hotel kitchen via a menu with daily ordering. Dargie said he ate a cheeseburger, lasagna and salad Friday, giving the dishes a positive review.

Michael Dargie documents his time during a 10-day isolation period at the Ramada Plaza downtown. Wednesday, January 20, 2021. Photo/Michael Dargie
One of the meals provided as part of the isolation program. Photo by Michael Dargie

He said his six days at the hotel so far have been productive, if boring. He said he’s passed the time by doing some work, watching Netflix, reading and “pacing back and forth, sort of like an animal at the zoo.”

Alberta Municipal Affairs, which runs the isolation hotel program, said as of Friday, 687 people had used the isolation hotels since they were first rolled out in May.

Ministry spokesperson McKenzie Kibler said a recent awareness campaign has led to an increase in use of the hotels, particularly among those from vulnerable communities.


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