Alberta’s chief medical officer of health admitted that the province’s lifting of restrictions earlier this summer was the wrong approach.
In a candid conversation with doctors in the primary care network on Monday, Dr. Deena Hinshaw accepted responsibility that a percentage of Albertans believe the pandemic is over.
Hinshaw began his online address Monday night to Primary Care Networks, made up of physicians across Alberta, with a humble “thank you for continuing to talk to me.”
She acknowledged the frustration and anger of healthcare workers over the provincial government’s handling of the pandemic.
With Alberta now in crisis, as ICU admissions topped 200, Hinshaw admitted the fourth wave trajectory can be blamed on the province’s decision to lift all restrictions. pandemic in early July.
“I think if we look at the experiences of all the different provinces in the country, the ones that have kept the basic level restrictions, to handle interactions and close contact, are the ones that don’t see any significant impact,” he said. Hinshaw said.
She adds that provinces that have removed restrictions are seeing a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and are seeing their health systems reach critical levels.
Hinshaw also spoke of the fourth wave, confirming that health officials are seeing the greatest amount of community transmission since the start of the pandemic. The severity of the fourth wave is attributed to the Delta variant. Hinshaw says if she had known how bad it was going to be, the plan to end contact tracing wouldn’t have come into effect as soon as it did.
Regarding vaccine passports, Hinshaw did not give a direct answer, but referred to data from neighboring British Columbia. She says it shows that requiring vaccination to participate in discretionary activities has driven demographics with the lowest vaccination rates to get vaccinated.