Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief health officer, will deliver an update today on efforts to tackle the Kovid-19 cases and alleviate the strain on the province’s health care system.
Dr. Hinshaw and CEO of Alberta Health Services. Verna Yiu will host an MT news conference on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
Watch it live here.
Alberta announced a public health emergency on Wednesday amid rising cases and hospitalization rates that would cause staff and intensive care beds to empty in the province’s hospitals over the next 10 days.
At Wednesday’s news conference, Premier Jason Kenny announced a series of sweeping and sweeping new measures, including the limits of social gatherings and strict rules on businesses, workplaces and places of worship.
Kenney has announced a new vaccine-proof-of-vaccination program, which has fully immunized vaccine-eligible Albertans, or the latest negative Covid-19 test, enabling businesses and restrictions to nurture social programs applicable to immunity.
On Wednesday, Alberta announced it was asking for help from other provinces to use their intensive care beds and staff as it sets triage protocols that govern how doctors choose life-saving treatment.
Alberta reported 1,609 new Kovid-19 cases on Wednesday, with a further 24 deaths. The province has 18,421 active cases, which is the highest in the country.
A total of 877 people were treated at the hospital, of whom 218 were in intensive care.