Alberta now has more COVID-19 patients in ICU than any other time during the pandemic. Docs say the health-care system could collapse within 4 weeks. Nothing from Premier Jason Kenney, Health Minister Tyler Shandro. Story, including AHS internal forecasts:…
Bonus context: There were 209 COVID-19 patients in ICU Monday afternoon. Under the worst-case scenario, Alberta should not have hit 209 until Sept 19/20, according to AHS' internal forecast generated last Thursday.
AHS' early warning system was on the money during previous waves. Now, Alberta is blowing past its worst-case forecasts.

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14 Sep
Alberta's PCR testing program catches about 1 in 4 COVID-19 cases, Dr. Hinshaw says, citing serology testing.

Hinshaw on AB removing contact tracing: Building it back up now wouldn't be best use of resources right now b/c need health-care pros elsewhere. The 4th wave's trajectory was "set" when AB removed public-health restrictions in July, rather than b/c change in contact tracing.
Oh hey, Frangou watched this for us!

But yeah, I prob won't be able to stop watching.
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8 Oct 20
Hi. Let's talk about why the number of new daily infections matter. Come, walk with me.
Alberta announced 364 new cases of COVID-19 today. Record high. Sure, very few, if any, of these people will die. Few, if any, will be hospitalized. That's great! But all -- every single one of them -- are supposed to be isolating. And their close contacts must be isolating.
My simplistic take: If you care about the economy, you need to care about the number of people who are isolating. It messes with work, childcare, spending habits/ability, to name a few obvious examples. And that messes with other people's work, childcare, spending habits/ability.
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8 Oct 20
Alberta counts 364 new cases of COVID-19. Of those, 276 are in Edmonton. #yeg
Edmonton is at a "crucial" juncture - Hinshaw
We must take action to slow COVID-19 spread, Hinshaw said.

And so here come the "voluntary" restrictions. 15 ppl max at gatherings, save for schools, theatres, worship services, or other thingies where an organizer ensure COVID rules are in place. - Hinshaw
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23 Mar 20
Alberta will *temporarily* pay doctors the same amount to deliver virtual care as face-to-face visits. This will pacify Alberta docs who are very upset about Babylon. For now.
/tears up notes from previous reporting/
Background: Alberta introduced an online doctor dealio last week. The online doctors, who are licensed in Alberta but do not have to live here, on it would be paid $37 per online doctoring. But doctors practising in AB are only allowed to bill $20 for virtual care, like phone.
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