Alberta doctors plead with new health minister for ‘fire break’ lockdown amid 4th COVID-19 wave

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Two Alberta doctors wrote a letter to the province’s new health minister demanding that he take action “to prevent more disease, deaths and suffering” this week.

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In the letter released Sunday, Alberta’s former chief medical officer of health, Dr. James Talbot and critical care specialist Dr. Noel Gibney highlighted seven specific steps for Health Minister Jason Kopping to follow in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“Albertons are now dying from COVID-19 at a rate of 15 (per) day, with more than 29 dying in a 24-hour period. This is frighteningly close to our worst experience in the pandemic, when 25 people were dying (per) day and very few were immunised,” the letter said.

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“Because of our almost total lack of containment measures, there is so much COVID spreading in the province, that Alberta has 11 times as many active cases as Ontario and four times as many B.C. Rates are so high that we are now reporting rare events.” looking at. Like an 18 year old dying.

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Both doctors say the current hospital system in Alberta – particularly the ICU – is under more strain than at any time in the province’s history.

During Friday’s COVID-19 update, the province identified 1,651 new cases of the disease in the past 24 hours. There were 20,040 active cases at the provincial level.

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To stem the rising number of cases, both Talbot and Gibney are telling the government of Coping and Alberta:

  • Now work with Alberta Health Services to transfer Alberta ICU patients to ICUs in other provinces,
  • Requires mandatory use of a vaccine passport to access all non-essential services,
  • Initiate mandatory vaccination of all employees and contractors, as well as related arms-length organizations (such as Alberta Blue Cross and WCB).
  • Mandatory vaccination of employees of essential and non-essential businesses,
  • Restoring contact tracing of patients with positive COVID-19 tests,
  • When students are seated in classrooms, it is mandatory in schools to wear masks indoors,
  • Turn off “fire brakes” for at least four weeks and enforce a set of restrictions, including:
    • closing all nightclubs, casinos, bars and indoor dining,
    • closure of indoor exercise and sports activities in sports facilities/clubs and
    • Strengthening the need for strict capacity limits and social distancing indoors in indoor places including stores, shopping malls and places of worship.

Granthshala News has contacted Köping’s office for comment on the letter and will update this story if we receive a response.

Premier claims ‘Alberta has done very well’ on current state of the province

In an interview Sunday afternoon on The Roy Green Show, Premier Jason Kenney was asked how he was assessing the current situation in the province.

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“I think Alberta has done very well. Albertans have risen to the challenge during the first 18 months of the pandemic with a very low death rate in Canada, much lower than the US and Europe, and generally lower Doing so with harmful sanctions,” Kenny said.

“But we have been very affected by this fourth wave, mainly because we went into it with the lowest vaccination rates in Canada, I would say despite our best efforts.”

The premier continued, “Alberta’s political culture is unique in some ways.”

“There are a lot of freedom-loving people here which I always think is a great asset to this province, but it also means that we probably have a large proportion of the population who are unwilling to follow public health guidelines. “

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