When asked why Alberta has not yet accepted help from the Canadian Armed Forces to help its hospitals, Jason Kenney says the province should have realistic expectations of the military’s medical resources.
The Canadian Armed Forces […] have only a very small number of medical staff, he argument.
It notes that during the pandemic, the military provided support primarily in long-term care facilities, deploying reservists to perform basic nursing assistant duties.
This is not what we need. Above all, Alberta needs critical care nurses., specify.
He adds that his government is in contact with the Canadian Armed Forces to evaluate the resources they could offer to the province.
According to the latest news, it could be ten people, which corresponds to two beds.
A quote from: Jason Kenney, Prime Minister of Alberta
Jason Kenney adds that he also spoke with the prime minister of Newfoundland and Labrador, in case the situation in hospitals worsens in the coming weeks.
If Terranova has staff to share with us right now, that would be great. Today there are talks between Alberta and Newfoundland officials in this regard., he said.
There are no new measures at the moment
According to Jason Kenney, the peak of the fourth wave could be at the end of October and that, in the worst case, the 380 intensive care beds that the province currently has would be occupied.
Still, the government says it will not implement any new health restrictions at this time, as it is still too early to assess the effectiveness of the measures introduced last week.
Jason Kenney adds that the majority of COVID-19 people hospitalized with coronavirus are not vaccinated and are less likely to follow health restrictions.
We have noticed a decrease in the positivity rate and new cases in Edmonton and Calgary […] but things are deteriorating in the three rural regions, where the vaccination rate is lower, he explains.
1246 new cases
In its report Tuesday, Alberta announced 1,246 new COVID-19 cases and 18 more deaths. The province has 20,513 active infections.
1,100 people are currently hospitalized in the province for COVID-19, including 263 in intensive care.
3 times higher mortality rate
Eight days after the non-essential business health restrictions waiver program went into effect, COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Alberta.
According to data from the Canadian government, the death rate of Albertans from COVID-19 is more than three times higher than in the rest of the country.
Since September 20, 80 Albertans have succumbed to the virus.
Nationally, the average death rate from COVID-19 in the past 7 days is 0.7 deaths per 100,000 residents, according to the Canadian government.
Alberta’s average is 2.3 deaths per 100,000 residents, compared to 2.6 in Saskatchewan.
For the past 14 days, the national average was 1.2, compared to 4.1 for Alberta and 4.0 for Saskatchewan.
To date, 2,663 people have died from the disease since the start of the Alberta pandemic.