Alberta hospitals might buckle under the next COVID wave, doctors worry – CBC

Stampede gatherings may be contributing to Calgary’s latest surge

Jul 26, 2022

Calgary appears to be on the leading edge of Alberta’s latest COVID-19 wave, and there are concerns about how the province’s already strained hospitals will be able to handle yet another surge.

Transmission is rising in Alberta, driven by the more transmissible BA.5 subvariant.

“The levels in Calgary have gone way up since the 13th of July,” said Dr. Dan Gregson, an infectious disease specialist and medical microbiologist with University of Calgary.

He’s been watching Alberta’s wastewater data closely and said the latest trend is clear.

“That’s showing that we’re having quite a bit of transmission in the community.… Not quite as much as the BA.2 wave, but we’re getting there, and we’ll see where that goes over the next few weeks,” he said.

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