EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – As case counts hit all-time highs, with Thursday seeing a record-breaking 1,105 cases, the province is considering stricter health measures.
A government source confirmed to 660 NEWS that there are growing pressures on the Alberta government to introduce new health restrictions as people are concerned over ICU bed capacities and hospitalization rates.
#COVID19 ICU bed capacity is currently at 87% in #Alberta. AHS did confirm on Wednesday that they're in the process of trying to add more beds as cases are still spiking. That means we could see more elective surgeries and treatments postponed/cancelled. #abpoli #ableg #COVID19AB
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While the government tries to avoid the term “lockdown,” meetings are taking place at the top level to determine what restrictions should be introduced.
The source said new measures would be announced in the upcoming days and weeks.
Alberta Health Services confirmed more COVID-19 specific ICU beds will be added as the province is currently at 87 per cent capacity, but that could lead to more elective surgeries and treatments being postponed or cancelled.