Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Alberta reports 62 COVID-19 hospitalizations since Friday, further reduces PCR test eligibility

Alberta Health reported an increase of 62 COVID-19 hospitalizations and 17,913 cases over the weekend.

The number of hospitalizations in the past seven days rose from 179 to a total of 635 as of Monday, a count that includes 72 ICU patients.

The province also reported six new deaths on Monday, including a man aged 10 to 19.

This is the fourth death of a person under the age of 20 and the total number of COVID-19 deaths in Alberta to 3,344.

Known active cases climbed to 57,332, but infections are likely high as the province’s data does not include rapid test results and most Albertans are not eligible to receive PCR tests.

On Monday, Dr. Dina Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced more changes that continue to underpin PCR test eligibility as demand grows with the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

The full list of people eligible to be tested, available online, includes continuing care residents and health care workers with ongoing care or symptoms in acute settings or part of an outbreak investigation.

The list also includes hospital patients who develop COVID-19 symptoms or those admitted with COVID-19 symptoms.

Hinshaw said, “We are asking those who are not eligible for PCR testing, who do not fit into one of the categories that I have just outlined, to kindly cancel those testing appointments that have been booked earlier. were done.”

“The Omicron variant is so prevalent in our communities right now that if you have COVID-19 symptoms, such as a stuffy or runny nose, cough, fever, sore throat, or loss of your sense of smell or taste, you should must that you have COVID-19 and are legally required to isolate.”

More than 7.9 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been given in Alberta so far, of which 79.7 percent of all Alberta had at least a first dose and 73.2 percent had a second dose.

More than a quarter of all Albertans, 26.1 percent, also received a booster dose.

Compared to people with two doses, unvaccinated Albertans are several times more likely to suffer serious consequences such as hospitalization or death.

Alberta will update its COVID-19 data on Tuesday.

Other COVID-19 related news

Alberta schools resume in-person classes Monday. School districts in Calgary prepare for a return to classrooms by improving ventilation systems. A school district in St Albert bought N95 masks for staff and students and contracted out PCR testing for staff.

N95s – a respirator-style mask now recommended by healthcare professionals Sold out in Edmonton, multiple stores are reporting. Alberta’s top doctor says fitted and filtered cloth or surgical masks still offer “significant benefits”.

The Edmonton Oilers added two more players to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on Sunday, while also postponing Monday’s match with the Ottawa Senators.

Police are investigating in Alberta’s capital Reports of homeless people pretending to be someone else offering money to get vaccinated.

According to Alberta Health Services, 811 Health Link has never been busier than in the last month. Before the pandemic, call volume averaged around 60,000 per month. Since March 2020, that monthly average has increased to around 250,000 calls.

are health care workers Concerned about the impact of the Omicron variant on Alberta’s hospital system. Leaked information from the AHS’s early warning system suggests the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations by the last week of January could be between 480 and 1,500. AHS has said it is ready and able to increase hospital and ICU capacity if needed.

Most major hospitals in the Edmonton health area have at least one COVID-19 outbreak, with 22 patients and 11 staff members being the most affected. Calgary’s more than 50 long-term care and assisted living facilities were still in the midst of an outbreak as of Friday.

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