Intensive care (ICU) in Saskatchewan was the highest ever to be admitted to Kovit-19 Hospital. As of Monday, A total of 47 COVID-19 patients are in the ICU, 31 of whom are in the Regina.
Anxiety Variations (VOCs) are now spreading in Regina as well. VOCs are mutagenic strains of the virus that cause COVID-19, which causes more infections and more serious diseases.
Regina Zone 803 – or 84 percent – is in VOC cases with a confirmed heredity in Saskatchewan.
“Regina’s condition is definitely not under control,” said Dr. Hassan Masri, an intensive care specialist in Saskatoon.
“Unfortunately, we’re allowed that number to rise here in Saskatchewan and especially in Regina, so now ICUs in Regina are full and patients have to be sent back to Saskatoon.”
It has not happened yet, but it is a possibility, Masri said.
Dr. Kevin Vasco, a leading physician at the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), said Regina’s ICUs have the potential to rise and that there are currently more Govt-19 patients than any other disease.
He also confirmed that if the COVID-19 ICU enrollment continues to increase, some people in need of ICU beds in Regina could be sent to another city.
Health officials familiar with the situation told the CBC that he had been admitted to a hospital in Regina as of Monday:
- Pasca Hospital ICU: Total seven beds, three positive COVID-19 patients, one recovered COVID patient.
- Pasca Medical Surveillance Unit (MSU): Five overflow ICU patients, zero positive COVID patients.
- General Hospital Medical ICU: Total ten beds, ten positive COVID patients, one recovered COVID patient.
- General Surgery ICU: 12 total beds, 11 positive COVID patients.
- General Cardiac Care Unit: 5 overflow positive COVID patients.
ICUs in other cities, such as Moose Ja and Swift Current, have also added extra beds because they “have exceeded their capabilities,” Vasco said.
“It’s real, it fills – that fills – ICUs now,” he said.
Vasco said if ICUs reach a “break point”, some people in need of ICU care will not be able to get it, although SHAs can operate field hospitals if needed.
“If you don’t really step foot in one of these high-capacity ICUs, the public will sometimes find it very difficult to understand the gravity of the situation,” he said.
“If you haven’t really seen and faced it, I think it’s sometimes hard to appreciate how real it is.”
Vasco said it was difficult to predict when an ICU would reach a breakdown level, but more VOCs around the province have reported, “If we continue on the path, it’s a period of time.”
Recovered patients are marked after they are no longer infected, but they may still need hospitalization or ICU care.
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Young people filling ICUs
“The other important story in all of this is the age group that fills the ICUs,” Masri said.
“We see a lot of patients in their 20s, 30s and 40s … It seems that this variant, which is spreading really fast in Saskatchewan, will affect younger people much deeper than the original Govit virus.”
Masri said it was “very worrying and very unusual” that young people in the ICU were fighting for their lives.
Vasco said that since most of the elderly in Saskatchewan have been vaccinated, Vasco said that is one reason why young people are more vulnerable to COVID-19 and VOCs now.
In light of this, Masri suggested a slight modification of the vaccination strategy to quickly add essential workers.
“You know, people who go to work every day in grocery stores or truck drivers, or even those in health care, are asked to go to work every day and put themselves at great risk, but they may not be vaccinated for two months or three months or four months from now,” he said.
Vasco echoed Masri’s sentiment that the provincial government should consider adjusting its vaccination program to give priority to essential and frontline workers.
With regard to the restrictions in the province, he said the government should reconsider opening bubbles and easing those kinds of restrictions. He added that rapid testing was not used in the province and the country.
Masri stressed that this is not just a Regina issue, the whole province must be prepared.
Vasco, meanwhile, acknowledged that many are tired of the COVID-19 and the restrictions that come with it, but said it is more important than ever to be vaccinated as soon as possible.
“We have a lot of confidence because a vaccine is coming, but it will take a few months until those first doses get into everyone’s hands and start making an impact,” he said.