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COVID-19 hospitalizations in Alberta jump to nearly 1,000
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COVID-19 hospitalizations in Alberta jump to nearly 1,000

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Alberta took a jump in the past week, adding more than 100 patients to already stressed hospital resources. For the week ending Sept. 26, COVID-19 hospitalizations increased by 137 to 980 total. The last time Alberta hospitals were this full of COVID-19 patients was May 27.COVID ICU numbers saw a 50 per cent increase from the week prior, up 13 to 39 – matching mid-May numbers.A total of 4,905 Albertans have had their death attributed to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, a number that increased by 33 over the past week. The oldest age cohort tracked by the province — people over 80 years old — bore the brunt of those deaths, with 25 more octogenarians added to the death toll in the week of Sept. 20. Read more: End of COVID-19 bord...
Alberta should brace for fall flu and COVID-19 waves: Hinshaw
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Alberta should brace for fall flu and COVID-19 waves: Hinshaw

Alberta’s healthcare system is bracing for a combined wave of increased COVID-19 and influenza cases this fall and winter. “We do recognize that we’re going to get another flu season that is going to come in that will impact capacity, as well as potentially another wave of COVID,” Health Minister Jason Copping said Wednesday at an unrelated news conference. “We are putting plans in place to be able to manage that.”In a written statement, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health said it’s “reasonable to expect” more respiratory viruses like influenza, RSV and COVID-19 to circulate in the fall and winter. She pointed to the influenza season Australia is dealing with right now – a season that runs from May to October in the southern hemisphere. Read more: Ontario Scie...
Calgary widows fighting to have husbands’ names on birth certificates
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Calgary widows fighting to have husbands’ names on birth certificates

Abigail Andie Helena Brown was born June 24, 2022. But the newborn never got the chance to meet her father, Andrew Brown. Abigail’s mother Tanya conceived her years after Andrew passed away from terminal cancer. “Andrew was just the most amazing human. We met later in life and fell in love quickly, and we both loved life. I knew he was going to be an amazing father,” Tanya said.The couple had many conversations about a family after his cancer diagnosis. Read more: Calgary obstetrician says Canadians must stay vigilant when it comes to reproductive rights “When we found out he was sick, we knew chemotherapy would affect his virility and so we went to freeze his sperm. And when we realized he wouldn’t survive, we didn’t have much time left,” Tanya said. ...
Alberta government to provide financial relief for continuing care residents
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Alberta government to provide financial relief for continuing care residents

The Government of Alberta announced it will be continue to provide partial financial relief for long-term care and supportive living residents in November. In a news release on Wednesday morning, the province said it is giving $11 million to help seniors fight inflationary increases to accommodation costs from Nov. 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.Accommodation fees include services like rooms, meals, laundry, housekeeping, utilities, building maintenance and general administration.The funding is in addition to the $14 million in financial relief for residents from July 1 to Oct. 31 this year. Read more: Canada’s inflation rate hit 8.1% in June. Is this the peak? The province said residents’ accommodations will only increase by 3.2 per cent during this time period, ...