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Alberta COVID-19 situation worsens as hospitals fill up

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – We found out Thursday just how dire the current COVID-19 situation is right now here in Alberta.

The number of people in hospital continues to grow at a very concerning rate.

Alberta Health Services President, Dr. Verna Yiu says the situation is not good at all, stressing our hospitals, in particular the province’s ICU’s are experiencing unprecedented patient demand.

“There are 310 Albertans in ICU, of which 226 have COVID-19 (as of Thursday). We have never ever had that number of total patients in ICU before. Never in prior waves and never in this history of this province,” said a very sombre Dr. Yiu.

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She said this province has been setting new record highs with COVID patients in hospital almost on a daily basis as of late.

Meanwhile, the federal government has responded to Alberta’s request for help. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair tweeting that assistance could include deploying military medical resources as well as sending in the Canadian Red Cross.

Alberta COVID-19 numbers rising steadily

The number of people in hospital with COVID jumped to 1,058 as of Thursday and 226 people now in intensive care as mentioned previously.

Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw is providing some stark statistics when it comes to COVID hospitalizations.

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She said Albertans who have not been fully-vaccinated are about 15 times more likely than those with two doses to end up in the hospital from COVID-19. They are about 40 times more likely to be admitted to the ICU. Hinshaw also says about 77% of Albertans in hospital with the virus right now and 92% in ICU are not fully-vaccinated.

Hinshaw also made it clear Thursday that rumours circulating that vaccines don’t work on the Delta variant are “categorically” untrue. She notes in this province COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be 85% effective against infection with Delta after two doses.

Hinshaw is asking anyone who doesn’t have the vaccine to please go get your shots.

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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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