Alberta reports youngest pandemic death, more than 1,000 Albertans in hospital – .

Intensive care count in Alberta peaks in two months, Edmonton area leads province in active cases – .

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Alberta has reported its youngest death from COVID-19 to date, with hospitalizations and intensive care admissions reaching new records.

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An 18-year-old from the central zone was among the 20 deaths reported on Wednesday.

“This is a tragic time for our society because it didn’t have to be this way and this person, who otherwise would have had a good life, passed away because they lived in Alberta and I am sorry for the parents, the friends and family of that person, ”said Dr. Joe Vipond during a live broadcast of Protect Our Province.

More than 1,000 Albertans are hospitalized for the first time with the virus. The province announced Wednesday a record 1,040 hospitalizations, an increase of 44 from the previous day. The number of intensive care units also jumped with 230 Albertans in intensive care.

The provincial government contacted Ottawa on Tuesday to request assistance in moving COVID-19 patients to other provinces if necessary. Prime Minister Jason Kenney told media on Tuesday the request was only a precautionary measure.

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“We don’t currently need support, and we don’t have an imminent need for it, but it is prudent to plan for things in case we hit the worst case scenario,” Kenney said.

NDP Leader Rachel Notley responded to the Prime Minister’s claim on Tuesday, calling it false and saying the UCP’s call for help was “unforgivably late.” She added that hospitals needed the additional intensive care staff requested in the government’s plea for help weeks ago.

The province reported 1,336 new cases of the virus on Wednesday, bringing the number of active cases in Alberta to 20,304, including 5,606 in the Edmonton area and 5,389 in the Calgary area.

The province entered the second day of implementation of its restriction waiver program and by the end of Tuesday, 81.8% of Albertans aged 12 and over had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Seventy-three percent of eligible Albertans, or 62.1 percent of the province’s population, are fully immunized.

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Meanwhile, a group that oversees the practice of medicine in Alberta says they have told at least seven doctors who were spreading misinformation about COVID-19 that their behavior was unprofessional.

Scott McLeod, registrar for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, says the regulator has also spoken to doctors who have bowed to pressure from patients for an exemption letter – not based on clinical evidence – to avoid having to wear masks or vaccines.

McLeod said the college will issue a letter to doctors and the public this week reiterating its support for vaccines and the public health restrictions put in place to try to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The college says the doctors who were warned had spread misinformation on social media platforms or elsewhere.

McLeod says it’s disappointing to see this type of behavior and noted that it has a significant effect because doctors have a powerful voice in society.

He adds that the number of doctors painting a false story in the province is unprecedented.

McLeod says if doctors don’t stick to the basic science of how to protect people during a pandemic, the public and other doctors can file a formal complaint with the college.

– With files from The Canadian Press

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