There are currently 18,265 active cases in the territory, almost as many as the provinces of Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia combined (18,543).
The positivity rate is 12% during the last 24 hours.
Compared to Monday, there are 9 more hospitalizations due to SARS-CoV-2. Alberta reports that there are 822 people hospitalized, including 212 in intensive care.
The province’s intensive care units are at 90% capacity, Alberta Health Services (AHS) revealed Tuesday. If extra beds are excluded, this proportion increases to 155%.
The public health agency says it has 297 intensive care beds in the province.
Outbreak in hospitals
L’AHSIt also reports on outbreaks in its hospitals in rooms other than those dedicated to COVID-19 patients.
Calgary’s Rockyview General Hospital reports outbreaks in its hospice unit and three others in general practice.
These outbreaks have reportedly killed three patients.
Foothills Medical Center, one of Alberta’s largest hospitals, reports outbreaks in the departments of cardiology, transition, stroke, and neurology.
Dr. Stephanie Smith, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Alberta, says this is a difficult situation for hospitals to handle.
The more COVID circulates in the community, the greater the risk of contracting COVID-19 in the hospitalshe reports.
A patient admitted for a reason other than COVID-19 may, however, be asymptomatic and spread the virus in the hospital, underlines the health expert.
Alberta Medical Association is concerned
The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) called on the government Tuesday to restore stricter health measures.
Immediate action is needed given the increase in cases [d’infection] and hospitalizationssays the AMA in a sentence.
The measures established on September 3 are unlikely to have an impact […] to prevent the progression of this [quatrième] say hello fairly quickly. All measures should be considered, including the vaccination passport.
The percentage of people not vaccinated or who have received a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the intensive care units of the province is 91%.
This proportion drops to 73.5% for hospitalizations outside of intensive care.
Alberta currently has 286 intensive care beds, including roller beds.
Edmonton is the region with the most active cases (5,323), followed by Calgary (5,136). The North is the third most affected region (3,249 active cases).
To date, 79.4% of eligible Albertans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 71.3% are fully immunized.
Since the start of the pandemic, 2,471 people have lost their lives to the disease.