Alberta hospitals are under pressure as the fourth wave of COVID-19 is hitting the province hard, prompting the Conservative government to look for a way to unclog them.
As a sign of this growing pressure on health structures, Calgary hospitals have canceled all non-urgent surgeries, which will increase the capacity for intensive care.
The critical care baseline capacity is 173 in Alberta which has added an additional 93 beds, according to Alberta Health Services (AHS), Global News reported Thursday.
Of the 231 Albertans admitted to intensive care, 70% are patients with COVID-19, according to AHS.
To relieve congestion in hospitals and intensive care units, the provincial government has announced an envelope of $ 36 million intended to encourage home care.
Funding of $ 22 million over 2 years will be reserved for home care organizations under contract with the government, said provincial Minister of Health Tyler Shandro.
Nearly 680 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, including 154 in intensive care in Alberta which recorded 1,510 new viral infections in 24 hours.