Monday, January 24, 2022

COVID-19: Alberta hospitalized 73 more, 40 in Edmonton

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Seeing the latest increase, there are COVID-19 hospitalizations in Alberta along with the Edmonton area.

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On Tuesday, Alberta reported 708 patients with the disease in hospital — 73 more than the day before and 40 of whom were identified in the Edmonton area.

There are 237 COVID-19 patients in hospitals in the Edmonton zone and 287 in the Calgary zone, with 25 new hospitalizations since Monday.

Of those hospitalized with the disease, Alberta identified 80 in intensive care, eight more than yesterday, while eight more people infected with COVID-19 died in Alberta, bringing the death toll in the province. The number of people increased to 3,352.

The province also identified 4,704 new cases of COVID-19, taking the number of active cases to 58,613. The number of new cases reported on Tuesday is lower than Alberta’s in the past few days, but the province recently made changes to PCR test eligibility.

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In a press conference on Monday, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Dina Hinshaw said PCR testing would be limited to people who are at risk for serious consequences if infected, as well as eligible Albertans who live and work in high-risk environments. – such as health care workers and those employed in continuing care settings, shelters and correctional facilities – or who meet other eligibility criteria.

The highly transmissible Omicron variant that causes COVID-19 and spread across Alberta has spurred demand for PCR testing beyond the province’s capacity, Hinshaw said Monday, isolating people with symptoms for five days. if they have been fully vaccinated or until symptoms subside, which can take longer. According to provincial isolation and quarantine requirements, those who have not been fully vaccinated must follow the same rules, but for 10 days instead of five.

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On 23 December, Hinshaw recommended Albertans Reserve PCR testing for high-risk cases as well as those unable to obtain rapid testing. But under the new rules, the inability to obtain a rapid test no longer qualifies a person for a PCR test, even though rapid testing has become difficult recently in Alberta.

“You can do a rapid test if you have one, but a test isn’t necessary for most people with mild illness, and symptoms can be managed at home,” Hinshaw said Monday.

As of Monday, Alberta has given more than 7.9 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 79.7 percent of the population receiving at least one dose, and 73.2 percent receiving two doses.

Hinshaw also said that on January 3, more than a million Alberts rolled up their sleeves for booster shots.

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“It’s more than a million people who are committed to helping each other and getting to the other side of this pandemic,” she said. “I’m excited to see so many Alberts doing the right thing.”

Hinshaw also said that booster shots are an important part of the province’s effort to keep hospitals and intensive care units from being overwhelmed by new cases of COVID-19, especially the rapid rise in cases caused by the Omicron variant. with.

“Even though only one percent of cases are in hospital, it’s still a huge burden on our health care system,” Hinshaw said. “Such a surge has the potential to impact our health care facilities, not to mention the health care providers who have been working tirelessly and nonstop for nearly two years.”

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