Alberta ‘estimated’ 1,100 new COVID-19 cases

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Alberta’s third wave of COVID-19 accelerated Friday as 1,100 new viruses were reported in the province.

Almost three months ago after January 7, the Alberta novel saw more than 1,000 cases of the corona virus in a single day, leading some doctors to say that more needs to be done to protect the province’s health care system. .

The sky-high case number came from about 13,300 trials, resulting in a test positive rate of about 8.3 percent. That rate is significantly higher than the seven-day average of 6.3 percent, and is the highest rate of positive return trials since January 4th.

Only “estimates” of the numbers were given because the chief medical officer of health, Dr. Tina Hinsha, said the Alberta Health Reporting Committee was taking a break over the long weekend of the holiday.

Prime Minister Jason Kenny speaking to the media ahead of the long Easter weekend Admitted that the third wave had begun As the rate of infection of the virus increases, especially its infectious variants.

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“Variations win,” Kenny said. 300 new variant cases were reported on Friday, accounting for 33 percent of the province’s total active variations.

The Prime Minister outlined the dangers of the new wave, including the ability to send more, younger Alberts to the hospital with COVID-19. But he refused to introduce new public-health regulations, instead making a plea to Albertance to follow existing rules and prevent the virus through personal action.

The news came as a disappointment to Dr Shasma Mitani, an Edmonton emergency room doctor, who said there was a contradiction between the government’s warning words and its actions.

“(Kenny) uses all of our talking points: a new wave is coming, variations are taking place, they are very harmful to young people, and we can only trust vaccines. He says all this, but then imposes no restrictions,” Midani said.

“It’s very frustrating to see the concept of personal responsibility fail so many times. We need to know better now.”

Coal Emergency Physician Dr. Raj Bhardwaj echoed those disappointments. The third wave is known to be coming, but not much has been done to prevent it from coming, he said.

“The other disgusting thing is that with each subsequent wave, we are getting closer to having a solution to this in the form of vaccines,” Bhardwaj said.

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“So every time there’s another wave that can be prevented, it feels like we’re snatching up the opportunity to prevent disease and death and complications and hospitalizations, and everything that comes with COVID infections. But vaccines are just around the corner.

Bhardwaj said divergent vaccination efforts could lead to summer events such as the Calgary Stampede, especially as most Albertons did not have the second vaccine they needed at the time.

“I’m worried about attending if we have very high positive rates or social exchange rates, because I’m not worried about getting sick or dying, or the majority of people getting sick or dying, but it’s not all about people COVID,” he said. It’s about catching up and having problems or sending someone with problems. “

The situation feels like Dijo Wu to Mitani, who was on a team of doctors calling for the province to implement the new regulations at the start of the second wave in November. The province introduced measures such as locking up in December, which lasted the winter holidays, while Alberta recorded 1,153 deaths from COVID-19 in December and January alone.

That wave put great pressure on health care workers, causing doctors and nurses in Midani province to sue and worry about whether another uprising in hospitals could do it.

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“We’re so tired, we’ve been burned for a year now that we’ve done this,” he said.

“We are fighting on many fronts here, we are facing a third wave, we do not want anyone to walk. I think it is inevitable.

More and more health care workers are calling for mental health leave, which leads to more inconvenience on resources.

“If we don’t have enough staff we have to close the beds in our field. It was a little complicated in the second wave. It was a deeper problem in the third wave,” Midani said.

After the second wave there was a recession in patients in emergency rooms with COVID-19 symptoms, but now the dose is increasing, Mitani said.

Variations also pose logistics challenges for hospital beds, as the virus sequence must be completed before patients can be positioned close to each other, he added.

Bhardwaj said more people with COVID-19 symptoms were coming in for emergency treatment, but that the inclusion of people with other types of trauma from incidents such as car crashes was increasing and more people were going back to their routine.

However, he stressed that getting medical treatment is consistently safe, staff are ready and can provide care to those in need.

No details of the deaths, hospitalizations or active cases were released Friday.

Hinsha said on Thursday that the province aims to provide data to Albertance in a “very transparent way”, adding that it is important to keep people informed of trends.

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“I care so much about numbers, I care so much about variations, I want to make sure Alberts hears that message,” Hinsha said at the time.

Hospitalization was standard, but exact numbers were not provided. As of Thursday, 292 Alberts were in the hospital with COVID-19, 59 of whom are in the intensive care unit. A total of 1,994 deaths have been reported from the virus.

Hinsha will address Albertance next Tuesday.

Immunizations also continued Friday. Alberta said about 15,000 doses of the vaccine had been given, and the total number of jabs to date has been about 675,000. Specification numbers not provided.

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