April 22, 2020 Covid-19 Update
Posted on Thursday April 23, 2020 at 03:05PM
The following is an excerpt from an update provided by Alberta Health Services as of Wednesday, April 22nd:
A total of 187 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed over the last 24 hours, bring the provincial total to 3.095. Of the total cases, we suspect 281 cases may be the result of community transmission. Currently, there are 64 cases in hospital, with 18 in an ICU, and 1,273 cases have now recovered.
3,698 tests were completed over the last 24 hours, bringing our total COVID-19 tests to 109,015 since the start of the pandemic.
Two more Albertans have passed away in the last 24 hours. We want to offer our sympathies to the families and friends of these two individuals. To date, there have been 61 deaths in Alberta related to COVID-19.
Starting today, the Government of Alberta is posting online the location and facility name of active outbreaks in the province. The information can be found at alberta.ca/covid19.
The outbreaks being posted are at any sites where there have been two or more confirmed cases of COVID-19. This is usually an indication that a transmission has occurred within a facility.
Right now, the province has only listed outbreaks in continuing care and acute care facilities but the goal is to expand to other settings in the weeks to come.
The University of Alberta's Butterdome, normally a 5,500-seat, multi-use arena, was transformed into an assessment centre for patients exhibiting respiratory or ILI (influenza-like illness), or have COVID-19. The site offers short-term treatment or medical support for people who are unable to visit an emergency room or physician’s office due to the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Patients are referred to the site after calling Health Link (811), being assessed by a Health Link nurse, and getting a referral. Up to 60 people are assessed daily at the site, which operates up to 16 hours a day, seven days a week, depending on demand.
As you likely know, AHS/Alberta Health modeling projections show the province is still a few weeks away from reaching peak demand on the health system. This means pressures on the health system will increase throughout April and May. This will be a difficult time — for all of us in the health system, especially our heroes on the front lines, and for all Albertans. Excellent planning and preparation have put AHS in a good position to deal with the expected surge in patients. We have increased our acute care capacity, our ICU capacity and our number of ventilators. We have sufficient supplies of personal protective equipment to keep our front-line workers safe. We’ve provided support to continuing care facilities to help protect the vulnerable populations who live there. And the number of COVID-19 tests we’re completing is helping us monitor the spread of the virus and develop strategies for containment.
Author: Village of Warburg