Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw tweets:
Here is a summary of the latest #COVID19AB numbers: There are currently 465 people in hospital due to COVID-19. Of the 358 non-ICU, 81.1% are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. Of the 107 in ICU, 91.6% are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. (1/4)
Over the past 24 hours, we identified 1,315 new cases & completed about 12.1K tests. Complete, up-to-date data, including breakdowns by region, can be found here. https://alberta.ca/covid-19-alberta-data.aspx (2/4)
Sadly, 8 new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. My sympathies go out to the loved ones of these individuals and to anyone who has lost someone they care about to any cause. (3/4)
Empower those around you to get vaccinated. By offering to drive them to a vaccine appt or talking with them about any hesitations they have, your support could save lives. Bookings are available via http://alberta.ca/vaccine (4/4)
NDP Critic for Health Shepherd responds to today’s COVID-19 update
David Shepherd, NDP Critic for Health, made the following statement in response to today’s COVID-19 update:
“Today, another 1,315 Albertans fell ill with a dangerous virus, one that has put 465 Albertans in the hospital, of whom 107 are struggling in intensive care. Eight Albertans died over the last 24 hours.
“But the premier, Jason Kenney, and his cabinet, continue to hide as the fourth wave crashes into Alberta. Their collective refusal to face Albertans is a shameful dereliction of duty.
“The leadership of Alberta Health Services is cancelling surgeries to find space for COVID-19 cases. Jason Kenney has nothing to say to the hundreds of Albertans who are waiting and worrying, often in pain, as their conditions worsen and their surgeries are cancelled.
“As Dr. Verna Yiu said yesterday, there is a limit to what the healthcare system can absorb. I worry that we will soon be testing the limits of our hospitals and the healthcare heroes who work in them.
“At a time of great danger for Albertans, Jason Kenney and the UCP have abandoned their posts.”