How Albertans can have Thanksgiving without a side of COVID-19 Dr. Dan Gregson, an infectious diseases physician and University of Calgary associate professor, said the ability for hospitals to take on more patients is in a delicate place, especially if a relatively-diminutive autumn wave of COVID-19 infections sends more to hospital.“A little wave is going to make that a little bit worse.
And a little wave with a big wave of influenza is going to really stress the system,” Gregson said.“There hasn’t been a break and you’re seeing that in what you’re hearing from the emergency rooms — this constant load of patients.”There haven’t been fewer than 800 COVID patients in Alberta hospitals since early August and there haven’t been fewer than 400 for all of 2022.COVID patients in hospital require increased care and resources when compared to most other patients. Gregson noted COVID patients have to stay in their rooms to prevent spreading the deadly disease throughout the hospital.On Wednesday, AHS reported its ICU capacity was at 80 per cent with 179 of 223 beds provincewide in use.
Last week, Health Minister Jason Copping said 50 of those beds were “ICU if necessary, not necessarily ICU.”University of Calgary infectious diseases associate professor Dr. Craig Jenne said a silver lining in the third autumn of the pandemic in Alberta is the relatively slow rise in hospitalizations when compared to fall 2021.
AHS says more MRI, CT scans being completed than before COVID-19 pandemic “That is a good measure that we have a substantial amount of protection in the community, despite a still rather high positivity rate in COVID testing,” Jenne said. “Now, there are a number of things that influence that, including our