Dr. Deena Hinshaw said she is alarmed that Alberta’s COVID-19 cases continue to rise. It will be some time before health authorities can determine if recent restrictions are working, though.
“Like all Albertans, I am alarmed by the rising case numbers reported today and over the weekend,” Hinshaw said at her Monday update. “I suspect we will continue to see cases and hospitalizations rise over the next several days as we wait for the impact of the restrictions that were announced last week.”
She also warned the window to bring those cases down across the province is a small one, arguing this week “will help shape how the virus is spreading in the lead up to the holidays.”
Plans are also in the works to set aside more beds in hospitals and intensive care units for COVID-19 patients. Up to 425 ICU beds can be added from the current total of 173 beds.
During the peak of a typical flu season, Hinshaw said the province sees no more than 30 ICU patients with influenza. As of Monday, 96 people are fighting COVID-19 in ICUs across the province.