Alberta Premier and health officials to provide COVID-19 update on Thursday – .

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Alberta Premier and health officials to provide COVID-19 update on Thursday – .


Premier Jason Kenney will be joined by Minister of Health Jason Copping to provide an update on Alberta’s health care system and the COVID-19 situation on Thursday afternoon.

Dr. Verna Yiu, CEO of Alberta Health Services, and Tim Grant, Public Service Commissioner, will also attend the press conference.

Grant led the government’s response to the Slave Lake wildfire in 2011. He served in the Canadian Forces for 31 years, reaching the rank of Major General.

The press conference is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and will be broadcast live in this article.

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At around noon on Thursday, there were 373 intensive care beds in Alberta, AHS spokesperson Kerry Williamson told Global News. This includes 200 additional surge spaces that have been added – a 115% increase over AHS benchmark 173.

“AHS has opened 22 additional intensive care spaces in the past seven days,” Williamson said.

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As of Thursday, there were 309 intensive care patients, “the vast majority of whom are COVID positive,” he said.

“The number of intensive care patients has increased by 6% in the past seven days. “

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Provincially, intensive care capacity (including extra booster beds) is currently 83%. Without the additional surge spaces, provincial intensive care capacity would be 179%, AHS said.

The Calgary zone is at 79% of its capacity (including 71 surge spaces), the Edmonton zone is at 86% of its capacity (including 86 additional surge spaces) and the North zone is operating at 100%.

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In response to the increased number of COVID-19 cases and ICU admissions that were pushing the health care system to the brink of collapse, Kenney announced on September 15 public health measures that would take effect on September 16 as well. that the vaccine passport – known in Alberta as the Restriction Waiver Program – which would go into effect at qualifying businesses and facilities on September 20.








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“We will take additional measures if we deem them necessary. ”



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