Alberta Reports 1879 COVID-19 Cases Saturday, Expert Warns “Strong Restrictive Measures” Needed


As Alberta experienced another record-breaking day of COVID-19 positives with 1,879 more cases identified on Saturday, a doctor and professor at a Calgary medical school said the provincial health care system was in the process of failing. stretch and that more action was needed – immediately.

“We are entering a very frightening phase of this pandemic wave, and we unfortunately do not see that the measures that have been implemented will change that enough,” Dr. Christine Gibson, clinical assistant professor at the University of Calgary, said declared Saturday.

Six more people have died, bringing the provincial death toll to 596.

Of those deaths, the majority were in the Edmonton area, with a man in his 90s linked to the Gray Nuns Community Hospital outbreak, a woman and man in his 60s, not linked to any outbreaks. , and a woman in her sixties at the Villa Outbreak at Marguerite Nursing Home all dying of the disease. All but the man in his sixties were believed to have pre-existing conditions.

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In other areas, an 80-year-old woman at the Mount Royal Revera nursing home in the Calgary area and an 80-year-old man in the southern area have died. It is not known if the woman had any pre-existing problems, but Alberta Health said the man believed he had them.

As of Saturday, 563 Albertans were hospitalized, including 101 in intensive care.

Alberta also saw its positivity rate soar this week – on Friday it was 10.5%, and on Saturday the positivity rate for tests in the past 24 hours was just under 9%.

Alberta’s COVID-19 positivity rate reaches 10.5%

Alberta’s COVID-19 positivity rate reaches 10.5%

Gibson has said the full effect of the measures Prime Minister Jason Kenney announced last week on the healthcare system is unlikely to be felt for at least 10 days – if not longer – and she is concerned the measures may be equal. stricter during the holidays than they could have been if the officials had acted sooner.

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“The lockdown measures necessary to allow us to interrupt this incredible acceleration that we are in are going to be so much stricter than what we could have faced if we had responded weeks ago,” she said.

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“Christmas is about taking care of each other, loving our family and now we can show that love by not putting them in danger.

“I just don’t think we have any more time to wait – this week we need strong restrictive measures implemented.”

Active cases in the province now stand at 18,806 – the majority of which are in the Edmonton and Calgary areas. The Edmonton area had 8,777 active cases as of Saturday, while the Calgary area had 6,951.

The growing number comes on the same day large rallies protesting the current COVID-19 measures were held in Edmonton and Calgary. These measures include an outside assembly limit of 10 and mandatory mask rules in Calgary and Edmonton.

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Kenney spoke out against the rally on Twitter on Saturday – and also called on Albertans to take the pandemic seriously.

“It’s not a hoax, it’s not just the flu,” he says. “COVID-19 is very real and extremely serious.”

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Alberta remains subject to the series of restrictions announced on November 24. Under these measures, Albertans cannot organize social gatherings inside the home, and no festivals or major events are allowed. However, restaurants can remain open, as can retail businesses – but in upgraded areas, retail stores must have 25% capacity.

Nurses and other health workers redeployed to handle COVID-19 outbreak

Nurses and other health workers redeployed to handle COVID-19 outbreak

Of particular concern is Alberta’s positivity rate compared to other regions of the world. In the United States on Saturday, his average positivity rate was 8.03%. While some areas of the United States are higher than this national average, Gibson says she thinks the current numbers in the province are cause for concern.

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“My first reaction is fear, to be honest,” she says. “These types of numbers are some of the highest in North America right now, so we know we’re an epicenter of infection here in Alberta, and it’s scary when you’re a frontline health worker. .

“Everyone I know works their fingers to the bone,” she says.

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