‘It will crash tremendously’: Alberta now leads Canada and US in COVID-19 cases per capita

TORONTO – Alberta is now reporting the highest number of COVID-19 cases per capita across Canada and the United States.

According to Granthshala.ca’s tracker, an average of 423.8 daily cases per million people have been reported in the past seven days, more than any other province or region in Canada as well as in every US state. Matters have been trending upward since March and the climb has continued.

The province broke its daily COVID-19 record for the third consecutive day on Saturday when it reported 2,433 new infections. On Sunday, the Chief Medical Officer of the Health Department, Drs. Dina hinshaw said that were 1,731 new cases.

This third wave in Michigan East was North America’s COVID-19 hotspot, peaking in mid-April at a seven-day average of more than 783 daily cases per million. Since then, cases have declined. As of Monday, the state ranks second with an average of 405.9 daily cases per million.

It is a matter of concern, the Calgary-based family physician, Drs. Christine Gibson told CTV News Channel on Monday.

“We currently have the highest number of cases per capita, so when the health system crashes, it will crash tremendously,” Gibson said.

On Sunday, the province reported 155 ICU admissions, up from a 152-set high on Friday.

Gibson said, “I mean the system is already tense, there are some areas where (ICUs) are full. I am hearing from my colleagues at the hospital that they are already accepting youngsters.”

Dr. Noel Gibney, who is the co-chair of the epidemic committee of the Edmonton Zone Medical Staff Association, says the mixed message from the provincial government is to blame for the Alberta outburst in the COVID-19 cases.

“I believe we are here because our government has not taken the necessary steps. The message (and) we have received is mixed. One day the Premier is suggesting that the lockdown does not work and the next day, suggests “We are going to bring in new targeted public health restrictions,” Jibany told CTV News Channel on Monday.

Last Thursday, Alberta Premier Jason Kenny announced new restrictions for hot-spot zones in the province that shut down indoor fitness and moved all middle and high schools to online-only learning.

Despite the high number of cases, Alberta’s public health restrictions are much lower than in other provinces, such as Ontario, which reported an average of 243.1 daily cases per million. Unlike Ontario, a stay-at-home order has not been issued anywhere in the province. In-retail shopping and restaurant courtyard have also been allowed to open.

“We need to focus on eradication of the virus rather than extinguishing it because it keeps popping up, and that will continue until we have very, very strict measures,” Gibson said. “We’ve never had a lockdown in Alberta. In fact, right now our restrictions are significantly lower than in other areas, and we really need to step up and say that we want to take this seriously and have zero (cases).” ) Go on. “

The relatively loose restrictions were still too much for the thousands who attended the “No More Lockdown” rodeo near Bowden, Alta. on Sunday.

When asked about Gibney, Gibney said, “I’m just disappointed and worried, and that despite being out with most people, it has the potential to accelerate outbreaks.”

If the province does not implement strong measures similar to those created during the first wave of the epidemic last year, Gibney expects the number of new cases to double in the near future.

“There is no question that unless the strong measures are brought in, rates are going to increase rapidly. And we can expect our cases to double in the next two to three weeks,” Gibney said.


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