Manitoba Says Alberta COVID-19 Help Not Yet Asked, Province Will Help If It Can | The Canadian News

Despite news from Alberta that the province has reached out to Manitoba for help with the worsening COVID-19 situation, officials here say there has been no official request – yet.

On Thursday, Dr. Verna Yiu, director of Alberta Health Services, confirmed that Alberta is in talks with Ontario to help deal with an intensive care system that is operating 155 percent over normal capacity and said the The province is also in talks with British Columbia and Manitoba. .

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But a provincial health spokesperson in Manitoba told Global News that, as of Friday morning, Alberta had not officially approached the province.

That doesn’t mean that Manitoba won’t go out of its way to help its neighbors should they need it, Prime Minister Kelvin Goertzen said Thursday.

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“There hasn’t been a direct approach, but of course, you know, we benefited from the support of Saskatchewan and Alberta and particularly Ontario during the third wave,” Goertzen said.

“If we had the ability to offer support, I think we would like to like him in a lot of different ways.”

Dozens of seriously ill Manitoba people were airlifted to hospitals in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta when the third wave of COVID-19 swept through Manitoba, overwhelming ICUs, in the spring.

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Alberta and Saskatchewan hospitals now face a similar crisis point, as both provinces handle hundreds of new cases a day.

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COVID-19 cases in Alberta began to rise after Prime Minister Jason Kenney lifted nearly all health restrictions in the province on July 1, announcing that the battle was over and that they did not foresee hospital cases to return. increase to alarming levels.

Alberta has regularly seen more than 1,000 new COVID cases a day for weeks. 18,706 active cases were reported Thursday and 10 more deaths. There were 896 people in the hospital, including 222 in the ICU.

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Kenney declared a public health state of emergency on Wednesday and introduced a wide range of measures amid the growing number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

Alberta is at risk of running out of ICU medical staff and beds in just over a week, according to Kenney. He said the health network may not be able to provide adequate care to everyone who becomes ill unless transmission of the virus is stopped.

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Yiu said Thursday that Ontario has offered help and that Alberta is now in talks about the possible transfer of patients.

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Newfoundland and Labrador Prime Minister Andrew Furey also offered help in a statement on Twitter. Health officials in British Columbia and Quebec have said they will not be able to help Alberta at this time.

Yiu said that in the meantime, Alberta is converting as many beds and intensive care spaces as possible, including operating rooms.

While Manitoba’s chief medical officer has said that Manitoba is in the beginning stages of its own fourth wave, new daily case numbers have remained relatively low in recent weeks.

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Manitoba reported 64 new cases Thursday and as of Thursday morning 62 people from Manitoba were hospitalized as a result of COVID-19, with 12 patients in the ICU.

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Goertzen said that as long as Manitoba has capacity, the province will do everything it can to help.

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“We are grateful for the fact that the other provinces helped us during the third wave,” he said.

“So if there was an opportunity and the health officials felt they could do it, and if the request really came through, you know, that’s something that we would consider, obviously at the time.”

–With files from The Canadian Press and Kalina Laframboise

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