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All day surgeries in the Edmonton Zone have been postponed this week as Alberta continues to deal with growing COVID-19 cases around the province.

Day surgeries in Edmonton cancelled, only priority cancer, urgent and emergent surgeries being done: AHS | Edmonton Journal

Day surgeries in Edmonton cancelled, only priority cancer, urgent and emergent surgeries being done: AHS | Edmonton Journal

Alberta's fourth wave of COVID-19 has put the greatest strain on the province's health-care system to date, with about 200 patients now being treated in intensive care units and internal modelling suggesting the situation could get worse for weeks to come.Alberta's fourth wave of COVID-19 has put the greatest strain on the province's health-care system to date, with about 200 patients now being treated in intensive care units and internal modelling suggesting the situation could get worse for weeks to come.

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Alberta's chief medical officer of health has admitted the province's lifting of restrictions earlier this summer was the wrong approach. Alberta's chief medical officer of health has admitted the province's lifting of restrictions earlier this summer was the wrong approach.

Hinshaw accepts responsibility for Alberta's previous claim that pandemic had ended | CTV News

Surgeries keep getting postponed across Alberta to free up staff and equipment during the fourth wave of COVID-19. But what happens when there are no more surgeries to cancel?Surgeries keep getting postponed across Alberta to free up staff and equipment during the fourth wave of COVID-19. But what happens when there are no more surgeries to cancel?

What happens when COVID-19 patients take up all surgery, ICU capacity in Alberta? | Globalnews.ca

Alberta, we are in a COVID crisis that is likely to overwhelm our hospitals and ICUs by the beginning of October. We are very close to requiring triage to…

Opinion: Alberta's health-care system a month away from failure | Edmonton Journal

Opinion: Alberta's health-care system a month away from failure | Edmonton Journal

Security has been strengthened outside Foothills Medical Centre as Alberta Health Services prepares for a crowd of anti-vaccine protesters

Security strengthened outside Foothills hospital for planned protests | Calgary Herald

'No tolerance for intimidation': Anti-vaccine protesters met by stronger security outside Foothills hospital | Calgary Herald

A pedestrian was seriously injured after being hit in Calgary's southwest quadrant shortly before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, paramedics say.A pedestrian was seriously injured after being hit in Calgary's southwest quadrant shortly before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, paramedics say.

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Alberta's top doctor says the province's "Open For Summer" plan set the trajectory for a crushing fourth wave of COVID-19. Chief medical officer of health, Dr.Alberta's top doctor says the province's "Open For Summer" plan set the trajectory for a crushing fourth wave of COVID-19. Chief medical officer of health, Dr.

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Edmonton zone surgery access will be reduced by up to 70 per cent in an effort to better manage increased COVID-19 activity across Alberta.Edmonton zone surgery access will be reduced by up to 70 per cent in an effort to better manage increased COVID-19 activity across Alberta.

Up to 70% of Edmonton zone surgeries to be postponed due to ‘COVID-19 activity’: AHS | Globalnews.ca

Kenney has repeatedly said he will never bring in a mandatory vaccine passport program.

BREAKING: Alberta’s private vaccine passport coming this week - The Western Standard

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Nine Alberta post-secondary institutions introducing vaccine mandateNine Alberta post-secondary institutions introducing vaccine mandate

Red Deer Polytechnic not among post-secondary schools introducing vaccine mandate – Red Deer Advocate

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Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw says she now believes the province’s Open for Summer plan has directly led to the current spike in…

Hinshaw believes 'Open for Summer' plan led to spike in COVID cases | Calgary Herald

Hinshaw believes 'Open for Summer' plan led to current spike in COVID cases | Calgary Herald

In an open letter to the premier, 65 infectious diseases physicians from across Alberta are calling for the immediate implementation of a provincially-mandated vaccine passport.In an open letter to the premier, 65 infectious diseases physicians from across Alberta are calling for the immediate implementation of a provincially-mandated vaccine passport.

Alberta doctors, chambers of commerce push for COVID-19 vaccine passport | Globalnews.ca

In an open letter to the premier, 65 infectious diseases physicians from across Alberta are calling for the immediate implementation of a provincially-mandated vaccine passport.

Alberta doctors, chambers of commerce push for COVID-19 vaccine passport | Globalnews.ca

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Nine Alberta post-secondary institutions are increasing their COVID-19 protocols by requiring everyone attending campus to be fully vaccinated against the disease.Nine Alberta post-secondary institutions are increasing their COVID-19 protocols by requiring everyone attending campus to be fully vaccinated against the disease.

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The convention and event industry has had to weather changing public health measures and waning client confidence, especially tough during the fourth wave of the pandemic.The convention and event industry has had to weather changing public health measures and waning client confidence, especially tough during the fourth wave of the pandemic.

‘Major conventions’ left Calgary when Alberta changed policy on COVID-19 testing, tracing, isolation: Nenshi - Calgary | Globalnews.ca

All day surgeries in the Edmonton Zone have been postponed this week as Alberta continues to deal with an increase in  COVID-19  cases across the province…

Rising COVID-19 cases force cancellation of most Edmonton day surgeries; 228 cases in RMWB | Fort Mcmurray Today

Alberta’s chief medical health officer says the decision to lift almost all COVID-19 public-health restrictions in early July set Alberta on the trajectory…

Hinshaw says lifting Alberta's COVID-19 restrictions in July set trajectory of pandemic's fourth wave | Edmonton Journal

Hinshaw says lifting Alberta's COVID-19 restrictions in July set trajectory of pandemic's fourth wave | Edmonton Journal

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Has the parlous state of Alberta’s health care system, said to be on the verge of collapse as the fourth wave of COVID-19 rampages through the province, opened a serious rift in the United Conservative Party cabinet?  With Premier Jason Kenney missing in action for 33 of the past 35 days, Alberta intensive care units hitting record occupancy levels, and media reporting on letters from groups of physicians warning the health care system may soon fail, Alberta political circles were abuzz with unsubstantiated reports some ministers are threatening to quit if the government won’t make moves to implement vaccine passports.  According to the buzz, Health Minister Tyler Shandro wants the Legislature’s Priorities Implementation Committee to meet to discuss some form of vaccine certification strategy for non-essential businesses.  So goes the story, Mr. Kenney, the committee’s chair, and Government House Leader Jason Nixon, its vice chair, refuse to consider the idea.  The remaining members of the committee are Finance Minister Travis Toews, Energy Minister Sonya Savage, Jobs, Economy and Innovation Minister Doug Schweitzer, Justice Minister Kaycee Madu, Children’s Services Minister Rebecca Schulz, and Municipal Affairs Minister Ric McIver.  If there’s substance to this talk, it suggests Mr. Kenney is having increasing difficulty holding his fractious right-wing coalition in the Legislature together.  But if cabinet health care pragmatists were to succeed and force consideration of some form of vaccine certification, that very well might drive a number of rural vaccine refuseniks out of the party’s caucus.  Either way, it wouldn’t be good news for Mr. Kenney’s increasingly fragile looking political survival prospects.  Meanwhile, with a record setting 209 people in Alberta’s ICUs, the Globe and Mail reported last night that a group of 65 infectious disease physicians had written a letter to the premier telling him “our health care system is truly on the precipice of collapse.” Also yesterday, the Edmonton Zone Medical Staff Association warned that the COVID crisis “is likely to overwhelm our hospitals and ICUs by the beginning of October.” “We are very close to requiring triage to determine who gets life-saving treatment and who does not,” the EZMSA doctors wrote. “This means if you need care, the health system may not be available for you.” The EZMSA physicians said Alberta may be forced to transfer gravely ill patients out of province to get the treatment they require, as Manitoba did during the pandemic’s third wave.  Needless to say, this colossal failure will have to be worn by Mr. Kenney, who pushed hard to reopen the province in time for the Calgary Stampede in July and stubbornly resisted implementing measures such as requiring use of vaccine validation documents for customers to be allowed access to non-essential businesses. Instead, the UCP offered $100 gift cards to vaccine slackers who would get a shot.  Indeed, during July the UCP used opposition to vaccine passports to fund-raise and try to drum up support.  Nor does it help that Mr. Kenney was recorded during the Stampede telling a member of the public that COVID-19 is less dangerous to children than influenza and that “COVID is not a threat to people under 30, effectively.” Meanwhile, the Calgary and Edmonton Chambers of Commerce joined the clamour for vaccine passports, publishing a Leger survey indicating 70 per cent of Alberta businesses and 74 per cent of Albertans support implementation of the vaccine passport idea.  Mr. Kenney’s problem, largely of his own devising, is that so much of the UCP’s support base, not to mention a substantial portion of its Legislature caucus, is made up of the COVID vaccine skeptics, dodgers, deniers and refuseniks he used to encourage.  On Sunday, a raucous crowd of about 1,000 COVID vaccine opponents gathered in downtown Calgary, where Mr. Kenney’s long-time political ally, lawyer John Carpay, preposterously compared the largely imagined woes of the willfully unvaxxed with the appalling treatment of Japanese Canadians in World War II. However, anti-vaccine protests at two Alberta hospitals yesterday turned out to be duds, with only a few dozen people showing up at each. Former PC minister Doug Horner to make senate run … as an independent Political blogger Dave Cournoyer reported yesterday that long-time Progressive Conservative cabinet minister Doug Horner, a man who in 2011 was a credible candidate to lead the PCs, plans to run in Alberta’s Senate nominee election.  Tellingly, the scion of the storied and mostly Conservative Horner political clan plans to run as an independent candidate. This is one more suggestion the provincial Conservative brand is turning toxic thanks to Premier Kenney’s efforts.  Indeed, one imagines federal Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole has come to regret all those times he praised the Kenney Government’s response to COVID-19, now that Alberta has turned for the second time into the Canadian hotbed for COVID infections.  Oh well, in the event he wins a Senate no-guarantee nominee endorsement and Mr. O’Toole goes down to defeat, Mr. Horner can tell Justin Trudeau his Uncle Jack used to be a cabinet minister in papa Pierre Trudeau’s cabinet. 

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The chambers are calling on the province to put in a mandatory vaccination policy for businesses who don't want to be forced to close again.

Most businesses support vaccine passports, survey finds, as Edmonton and Calgary chambers of commerce call for provincial action | Edmonton Journal

Most businesses support vaccine passports, survey finds, as Edmonton and Calgary chambers of commerce call for provincial action | Edmonton Journal

Hospital demonstrations have garnered criticism recently, with many condemning the decision to not only rally outside care centres but also interfere with patients and staff. Hospital demonstrations have garnered criticism recently, with many condemning the decision to not only rally outside care centres but also interfere with patients and staff. 

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Meanwhile, Quebec is reporting 633 new cases of COVID-19 today and seven additional deaths linked to the novel coronavirus. Meanwhile, Quebec is reporting 633 new cases of COVID-19 today and seven additional deaths linked to the novel coronavirus.

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With 202 COVID-19 patients requiring ICU treatment, AHS says they continue to do everything they can to ensure there is enough ICU capacity.

Alberta sees record-high COVID-19 patients in ICUs, 4,740 new cases | Calgary Herald

Record-high COVID-19 patients in Alberta ICUs, 4,740 new cases reported over three days | Calgary Herald

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COVID-19 numbers continue to rise at an alarming rate in Alberta. Since Friday, another 4,740 new cases of the virus have been reported in Alberta. Friday saw 1,659, Saturday 1,497 and Sunday 1,584 new cases. There are 117 more patients being treated in the hospital making for a total of 803. The ICU admissions increased by 29 since Friday for a total of 198. Of those cases, 90.4 per cent are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. Another 18 deaths have been reported bringing the total deaths in the province to 2,462. There are now 18,395 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta with a positivity rate of 12 per cent. There is a slight rise in vaccination rates with 79.2 per cent of Albertans now partially immunized and 71.2 per cent fully immunized with two shots. Cochrane has jumped to 100 active cases while Rocky View County now has 139 active COVID-19 cases. It was announced today (Monday, September 13) that nine post-secondary institutions in the province will forego rapid testing and will mandate proof of vaccination to attend on-campus classes. The University of Calgary, SAIT, Mount Royal University, University of Alberta, MacEwan University, NAIT, Norquest College, University of Lethbridge, and Medicine Hat College will mandate vaccinations for students.

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Alberta broke a pandemic record for COVID-19 ICU admissions Monday morning as the province’s strained hospital system struggles to keep up amid a climbing…

Alberta breaks pandemic ICU record with 202 COVID-19 patients | Edmonton Journal

Alberta breaks pandemic ICU record with 202 COVID-19 patients | Edmonton Journal

Watch this page throughout the day for updates on COVID-19 in Calgary.

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COVID-19 Update: 4,740 new cases over three days | Record number in ICU | Businesses want vaccine passports, says survey | Calgary Herald

Experts are skeptical Alberta’s $100 vaccine incentive will have a big impact on the province’s immunization rates, with one public health leader calling the…

Experts skeptical of direct impact from Alberta's $100 COVID-19 vaccine incentive as numbers show some upticks | Edmonton Journal

Experts skeptical of direct impact from Alberta's $100 COVID-19 vaccine incentive as numbers show some upticks | Edmonton Journal

CALGARY — Alberta doctors called on the government to restrict unvaccinated people from indoor public spaces on Monday, as COVID-19 intensive care admissions reached an all-time high. Numbers released by the province show 198 Albertans with COVID-19 were receiving intensive care — surpassing the previous record of 182 admissions in May. Alberta Health Services, as of Monday morning, said the number was even higher, at 202. Alberta Health Services also said intensive care capacity was operating aCALGARY — Alberta doctors called on the government to restrict unvaccinated people from indoor public spaces on Monday, as COVID-19 intensive care admissions reached an all-time high. Numbers released by the province show 198 Albertans with COVID-19 were receiving intensive care — surpassing the previous record of 182 admissions in May. Alberta Health Services, as of Monday morning, said the number was even higher, at 202. Alberta Health Services also said intensive care capacity was operating a

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The Alberta government, Alberta Health Services, and unions denounced anti-vaccine protests outside hospitals Monday afternoon.

Alberta government, AHS condemn anti-vaccine protests at Alberta hospitals | Edmonton Journal

Alberta government, AHS condemn anti-vaccine protests at Alberta hospitals | Edmonton Journal

A quarter of Canadian households, 25%, own a firearm. Only 15% of Canadians surveyed rated gun-related violence “a major threat to public safety.” A total of 13% said it was “not at a threat at all.”

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