COVID-19: Hospital admissions, active cases still drop to 1,210 cases found during the last three days; 80% Albertans 12+ double vaccinated

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A further 1,210 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the province since Friday as Alberta’s hospital admissions and active cases continued to decline.

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Cases reported Monday include 533 on Friday, 335 on Saturday and 342 on Sunday, provincial data show. Eighteen COVID-19 deaths were reported to provincial health officials in the previous three days.

Hospital admissions decreased by 76 to 689, including 23 fewer COVID-19 patients in need of intensive care. On Monday, 157 COVID-19 patients were in the intensive care unit.

Active cases fell by 578 to 7,580 across the province. Each health zone has fewer cases.

The Edmonton Zone – which includes the city of Edmonton and surrounding municipalities – had 1,724 active cases Monday, while the Calgary zone had 1,985. The northern zone had the third highest active cases of 1,606.

Both hospitalizations and cases have been falling steadily in recent weeks since Alberta passed the height of the fourth wave of the pandemic. The number of COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit peaked at 267 on September 28, and new reported cases peaked at 2,000 on September 16, the province’s adjusted data show.

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80% double grown

Alberta also passed a vaccine milestone Monday: 80 percent of people 12 years and older have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. About 87 percent have had one, the province said in a press release.

About 264,000 Albertans got their first shot, and 293,000 got their second shot since September 15, the day the province unveiled its vaccine passport program. Last month, Prime Minister Jason Kenney said this program had a “really positive impact” on reducing COVID-19 cases and hospital admissions in the province.

The province on Monday also urged anyone who can be vaccinated to do so, both to stop the disease from spreading and to prevent the health system from becoming overwhelming again.

“More and more Albertans are choosing to be protected against COVID-19 because of the indisputable fact that vaccines work and they save lives,” Prime Minister Jason Kenney said in a press release. “It is good news that we have reached this milestone, which will also help ease the pressure on our healthcare system in the future.”

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Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief physician for health, also reminded Albertans that vaccines are safe and effective in preventing those exposed to the virus from becoming seriously ill. Hospital admissions are falling, but the trend could quickly reverse if the Albers are not careful, she said.

“We need as many people as possible to choose vaccine protection to help keep the numbers in the right direction.”

Vaccine appointments are available at alberta.ca/vaccine and at local pharmacies and clinics.

Blames hospitals for being overwhelmed ‘shamefully’: Notley

In a special debate Monday night in the Legislative Assembly, NDP leader Rachel Notley told the premiere that the province’s fourth wave, which overwhelmed Alberta’s hospitals at its height, was a “tragedy” and “completely and utterly preventable.” And blaming the health system for the government’s mistakes is wrong, Notley said.

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“He ignored the warnings. He called public health experts and doctors who are intimidating. He accused them of spreading fear porn. He accused the opposition of making a fourth wave,” she said.

“This lack of leadership caused a fundamental collapse of Alberta’s health system. And I’m actually quite shocked and worried to hear the Prime Minister start to position himself in the way he’s actually trying to blame our public health system for the mistakes he and his cabinet colleagues and his caucus colleagues committed. Shameful. “

In his introductory remarks, Kenney said provincial governments across the country will need to review why their “well-funded” health systems were strained.

“With the second largest health budget in Canada, we must, Mr President, come up with a more flexible system where we can more easily shift health capacity from surgical to treatment to critical care and back to surgical treatment,” he said. .

Kenney said lifting the restrictions on July 1 did not lead to an increase in the number of cases for four to five weeks.

He also said Hinshaw contacted him in mid-August concerned about suspending health measures announced in July, and had she recommended adding more health measures, he would have convened the Cabinet Committee to approve them.

– With files from Lisa Johnson

lboothby@postmedia.com

@laurby

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