Calgary city councilor pushes for city’s vaccine mandate; 1,168 new cases – .

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Calgary city councilor pushes for city’s vaccine mandate; 1,168 new cases – .


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Calgary city councilors discuss calling special meeting to deal with spike in COVID-19 cases amid booming fourth wave in Alberta – and councilor wants city to introduce warrant vaccine.

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The talks come as Alberta reported 1,168 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, setting a fourth wave record for the third day in a row.

Com. Shane Keating said Friday he believes the city should stop focusing on mask warrants, which he calls a “red herring,” and start considering a requirement for all city staff and visitors to the city. city ​​facilities to be immune to COVID-19.

“Vaccines are the solution. Those who keep saying, “You’re not going to get me vaccinated”, that’s good. I’m not going to do them. But they’re the ones who can’t get to these facilities if they don’t get vaccinated and look after their neighbors and those around them, ”Keating said.

Keating stressed that a vaccination warrant should welcome those who are medically unable to be vaccinated, but that it should not make any concessions for those who do not roll up their sleeves due to personal choice.

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Ward 12 councilor said he was in favor of a special council meeting after receiving an email from another councilor asking if he would agree to return to council room to discuss COVID -19. This is the first formal request he receives.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi can call a special council meeting at his discretion, but must do so if he receives a written request to meet from a majority of councilors; Com. Jyoti Gondek and Con. Druh Farrell has both previously signaled his support for a special meeting. If the advisers request a special meeting, it would take place within 14 days.

In recent weeks, many businesses and jurisdictions across Canada have required proof of vaccine to be required to access public spaces. British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec all have some variation of the “vaccine passport,” while some municipalities, including Banff, have introduced their own warrants.

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In Alberta, several large companies have also announced that they will need vaccines for their staff or customers. This includes oil sands giant CNRL and the company that owns both the Calgary Flames and Calgary Stampeders.

The United Conservative government reiterated this week that it does not support vaccination mandates, and obliquely warned that companies or municipalities that impose vaccination mandates could face legal opposition. Writing in an online frequently asked questions page posted Thursday, the province said groups were trying to impose vaccination warrants “May be subject to legal challenges by individual Albertans.”

Keating acknowledges that there may be opposition to a vaccine warrant, but said he believes it is the right thing to do.

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“People can challenge almost anything you do. Is it defensible? I think absolutely. We are in a medical emergency across the world, ”Keating said.

“You can’t go to the pool and swim if your child has chickenpox. So why do we allow those who openly oppose a method of prevention to spread the virus further and further? It is beyond my competence. “

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Nenshi called on the provincial government to do more to deal with an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, saying its “rider attitude” towards removing public health restrictions in the summer contributed to the fourth wave.

“It’s deeply disturbing, and it’s not like we don’t know this is going to happen,” Nenshi said. “At the end of the day, we need to make sure that children can return to school safely… and we need to make sure that the rising hospitalization rates don’t again overwhelm the health care system.”

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Fourth wave COVID-19 cases continue to rise

Alberta experienced its biggest peak in wave four COVID-19 on Friday, when it reported 1,168 more cases of the virus.

The cases came from more than 11,500 tests, which represents a positivity rate of 10.2%. Prior to this week, Alberta had not recorded a test positive rate above 10% since May 24, when the third wave of COVID-19 was on the decline.

As Alberta’s coronavirus cases increase, its rates of hospitalization from the virus are also increasing. There are now 336 Albertans hospitalized with COVID-19, 74 of whom are in intensive care units. This represents a nine percent increase in overnight hospitalizations and a 16 percent increase in intensive care admissions.

Increased pressure on Alberta’s acute care system due to COVID-19 and staffing issues has led Alberta Health Services to postpone some elective surgeries in its Edmonton and Northern areas. In a press release on Friday, AHS said the postponements, starting August 30, will ensure hospitals and intensive care units across the province have adequate capacity.

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The province is also approaching 10,000 active cases of COVID-19, a threshold that has not been reached since May 26, three months ago. There are now 9,655 active infections in Alberta.

Four more deaths from COVID-19 have been reported: two Albertans in their 50s and two in their 80s and older. During the pandemic, 2,364 Albertans died from the virus.

Vaccinations against the virus continue in Alberta. Fifty-nine percent of Albertans are now fully immune to the virus, equivalent to 69.3 percent of the population over age 12 eligible for the vaccine.

Hospitalization data from Alberta indicate that vaccination lowers the risk of serious health problems. Albertans who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 are currently hospitalized at a rate more than seven times that of their fully immunized peers.

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