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ICU capacity across Alberta at 90%; AHS South Zone at 100% as COVID cases spike

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – A surge in COVID-19 cases here in Alberta in recent week is having a big impact on intensive care units (ICU) across the province.

Alberta Health Services says it’s doing all it can to ensure there’s enough ICU capacity to meet patient demand, including opening up additional spaces and redeploying staff.

To put that into perspective, there are currently 286 ICU beds open in Alberta. As of Monday (Sept. 13) all, but 30 of them were being used.

AHS tells us 79% of patients in Alberta ICUs right now have COVID-19. Provincially, ICU capacity is at 90% and had it not been for additional surge capacity spaces being added, that number would be a whopping 148% according to the numbers provided to our radio station from AHS.

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The situation here in the AHS South Zone isn’t all that good either. There are currently 23 ICU beds between Lethbridge and Medicine Hat and every single one is full.

Alberta Health says 20 of those 23 people are COVID patients.

AHS notes across the province, the number of patients now taking up intensive care beds has increased by 19% in just the last week alone.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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