Support people with COVID-19 who are no longer allowed to enter maternity wards

Meanwhile, Alberta reported 484 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths on Wednesday as leading indicators continue to fall

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Alberta will no longer allow support staff with COVID-19 symptoms to assist obstetric patients in health facilities.

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Alberta Health spokeswoman Lisa Glover confirmed Wednesday that a dispensation that provides an important support person with COVID-19 symptoms or a COVID-19 diagnosis to help obstetric patients has been completed.

“The exemption outlined the conditions required to allow a person who was symptomatic of or diagnosed with COVID to provide this support. This exemption was terminated after discussions with (Alberta Health Services),” Glover said in an email. ” To ensure adequate capacity in our healthcare system, it was determined that healthcare facilities were not able to provide the additional protection required to allow these persons. “

Glover said maternity patients are still able to have visitors and designated support staff as outlined by official AHS policy.

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Meanwhile, Alberta reported 484 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths on Wednesday as leading indicators continue to fall.

Despite recent reported cases, active infections fell to 6,008, down from 6,090 on Tuesday. Hospital admissions also fell, with 582 patients currently receiving treatment, down from 608 the day before. Of those in the hospital, 123 are in intensive care.

The number of active cases is the lowest it has been in Alberta since August 17, when there were 5,872 people with the virus. At that time, cases were growing, and on August 18, there were more than 6,300 cases in the province.

The picture around leading indicators. active cases, new cases and positivity rates are different today. Alberta is currently trending downward in these categories. Active cases have routinely declined since October 3, when there were more than 20,000 infections across the province.

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Speaking Tuesday d. Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said the number of tests that end and return as positive has dropped significantly in recent weeks. That figure was just over four percent on Wednesday, down from a seven-day rolling average of about 11 percent at the height of the fourth wave.

While talking about the positive trends, Hinshaw went on to remind Albertan on Tuesday that the number of people in the hospital remains much higher than at any other time in the pandemic before the fourth wave.

“Although we are heading in the right direction, I would like to be aware that there are still a significant number of people in the hospital who are taxing our healthcare system. We must all continue to support efforts to bring these figures down even more. , ā€¯Hinshaw said in its latest COVID-19 update.

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There are still more people in intensive care units than there were beds before the pandemic. AHS spokeswoman Kerry Williamson said as of Wednesday, Alberta’s ICU capacity is 81 percent. If the province did not use 104 overvoltage beds, the capacity would be 129 percent. About half of all intensive care patients are hospitalized with COVID-19.

Hinshaw tweeted on Wednesday that the latest COVID-19 tracks would not be released on Remembrance Day. Thursday’s figures will instead be posted online on Friday. Alberta moves to personal updates from Hinshaw once a week. She is expected to speak to the media next Tuesday.

Alberta Health Director Dr.  Deena Hinshaw provides a COVID-19 pandemic update from the media room of the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton on July 28, 2021.
Alberta Health Director Dr. Deena Hinshaw provides a COVID-19 pandemic update from the media room of the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton on July 28, 2021. Photo by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia, fil

Meanwhile, earlier Wednesday, Prime Minister Jason Kenney rejected calls from the opposition NDP to have him formally censored in the legislature over his handling of the fourth wave of COVID-19.

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Kenney says he’s focused on getting Alberta’s economy going again and does not have time for what he calls cynical political gamemanship. The NDP has been pushing for answers as to why his government did not act earlier, as cases rose during the spring.

The Alberta government repealed almost all public health measures in July, saying at the time that they did not envisage a future where COVID-19 cases would increase and put stress on the health system. Kenney and other officials had said the belief was based on trends in the UK, where cases would decouple from hospitalization rates as more people were vaccinated.

Amid the growing number of cases and low vaccination rates in September, the province reintroduced public health measures, created incentives for people to get their shots fired and eventually implemented a restriction program to get into unnecessary businesses. This program, which is widely considered a vaccine pass, requires proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to enter places such as restaurants, salons, bars and cinemas.

– With files from The Canadian Press

dshort@postmedia.com

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