Doctor fears possible post-Thanksgiving COVID-19 spike could ruin Christmas plans
2021-10-11 from cbc.ca
Two health professionals say Alberta's health system can't afford a post-Thanksgiving spike of COVID-19 infections.
Alberta's gathering restrictions include an indoor cap of two households to a maximum of 10 vaccinated adults and no restrictions on kids under 12. Unvaccinated, vaccine-eligible people are not allowed to gather indoors.
Outdoor private social gatherings are limited to a maximum of 20 people with two metres of physical distance maintained between households at all times.
"If we don't follow the rules, things will get substantially worse. We'll lose Christmas over this," Dr. Darren Markland, an intensive care physician in Edmonton, said.
"Every wave, it crushes our resources. And I mean, we've already employed the military, we don't have any other reserves for the fifth wave."
According to the latest COVID-19 numbers, there are 17,839 active cases in Alberta, with 1,101 in hospital.These numbers are up to date as of Thursday, end-of-day. Right now, there are 294 patients in ICU, the vast majority of whom are COVID positive, Alberta Health Services reported Monday.
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