Alberta offers critical care assistance to Manitoba as third wave of COVID-19 peaks

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Alberta has offered critical care assistance to Manitoba as the third wave of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rage.

The Alberta Health Services (AHS) said Wednesday up to 10 patients requiring intensive care will come to Alberta, and be cared for in hospitals in Edmonton or Calgary.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro said “Alberta is proud to support our fellow Canadians during this time of need. With our hospitalizations falling in line with the recent trend in cases, we have available capacity to help our neighbours. The staff and physicians in our hospitals and across our health system have worked hard to meet the needs of patients throughout the pandemic. I know they are tired, but I also know how deeply committed they are to caring for patients, and I know they will come through again.”

“AHS teams are working with our Manitoban colleagues to determine when patient transfers will occur. Manitoba anticipates its third wave hospitalization peak next week, and have been working to ensure they have capacity for all patients needing critical care. Patients would come to Alberta for care as needed, and once stable, will go home to Manitoba to continue their recovery,” the Alberta Health Services said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Dr. Verna Yiu, President and CEO, Alberta Health Services said “Albertans will always be our priority. We are fortunate to have such strong critical care teams in Alberta to be able to assist and support during this unprecedented time. Our teams will do their best to care for Manitobans.”

There are currently 438 Alberta patients in hospital due to COVID-19 (down from a peak of approximately 729 three weeks ago), including 127 in ICU (down from a peak of 187 two weeks ago), according to AHS.

The number of Albertans requiring intensive care has reduced over the past several weeks as Albertans continue to follow CMOH orders, and immunization rates increase.

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