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Sep 20, 2021

   

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Canada’s oil patch heads for hospital triage with virus raging

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Canada’s oil heartland of Alberta has been hit with its most dangerous Covid-19 wave, with hospital intensive care beds filling up so quickly that health professionals are preparing to make decisions about who lives and who dies. 

Provincial Premier Jason Kenney announced new isolation measures and introduced a vaccine passport system to allow the vaccinated to enter businesses such as bars and restaurants. The steps were introduced as hospitals were within 10 days of running out of intensive-care beds, the premier said Wednesday. Patients could be transferred out of the province, and health officials are preparing for the Critical Care Triage Protocols, used to determine who receives life-saving critical care and who doesn’t.

Four Alberta health care unions released a letter on Saturday imploring Kenney to ask the federal government to deploy the military, Red Cross and all other medical resources to assist the province’s “overwhelmed hospitals.”

Read the full article from Mining.com HERE.