Sumary of September a ‘critical time’ for Canada’s COVID-19 fight, experts say:
- September is a pivotal month for Canada’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, according to public health and infectious disease experts.
- Those events are happening while Canada is in the midst of a Delta-variant-driven fourth wave of COVID-19 — and as Canadians begin to plan for fall and winter indoors.
- On Thursday, the country reported 4,179 new cases and 27 deaths.
- Alberta led the nation in new cases with 1,510 reported Thursday, followed by Ontario with 798, British Columbia with 774 and Quebec with 703.Alberta continues to see the brunt of the fourth wave.
- Its health system is under increasing strain, with 679 Albertans in hospital as of Thursday and just over 150 of them being treated in the ICU.As a result, Alberta has postponed all elective and many outpatient surgeries in Calgary to increase ICU capacity and redeploy staff to ICU and COVID-19 units.
- View link » Story continues below In July, Alberta was one of the first provinces to peel off significant layers of COVID-19 restrictions, like ending asymptomatic testing and no longer notifying close contacts of exposure.
- Take British Columbia, where Health Minister Adrian Dix announced Thursday that some hospitals are delaying non-urgent surgeries due to the spikes.
- ” NACI backs 3rd dose of COVID-19 vaccine for immunocompromised She added Canada is focusing on boosting vaccination rates among 18 to 39-year-olds in order to “slow epidemic growth enough to reduce the risk of exceeding health-care capacity through the winter.