COVID-19 Live Updates: Coronavirus News in Calgary for December 1

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Prime Minister Onatrio’s approval, Doug Ford, rose from 31 percent in February to 69 percent in May, but has since slipped to 55 percent.

Kenney’s rating has shown an almost constant drop since June of last year, when his approval was 69%. It is now at 40%. 100, the second lowest in the country behind Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister.

Pallister’s approval rate soared four percentage points in the first two months of the pandemic, but has since declined as this province grapples with the highest per capita COVID-19 infection rates in all provinces. Alberta has the second highest infection rate per capita.


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Hospitalizations and case rates are expected to increase before impact of restrictions is felt, says Hinshaw

Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw on November 23, 2020. Photo by Chris Schwarz / Government of Alberta

Hospitalizations and case rates are expected to increase over the next few days as the province waits to see the effects of the new restrictions, Alberta’s top doctor said Monday while announcing 1,733 more cases of COVID-19.

With 96 of 453 patients hospitalized with COVID in intensive care units, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, continues to be concerned about the severity of the strain on the healthcare system before that it does not improve.

“I suspect we will continue to see cases and hospitalizations increase over the next few days as we await the impact of the restrictions announced last week,” Hinshaw said at Monday’s press conference.

In an average flu season at its peak, Alberta has about 30 ICU patients with influenza. Currently, there are more than three times that number of COVID-19 patients requiring intensive care.

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