Alberta’s hospitals near 90% of surge capacity – CBC

Hospitals in central, northern parts of province hardest hit

Sep 22, 2021

Alberta’s health-care system is buckling under an influx of sick COVID-19 patients as hospitals are nearing the 90-per-cent threshold of their surge capacity.

The province has been adding hospital beds to cope with the soaring number of cases. Even so, intensive care capacity — including the additional surge beds — is currently at 87 per cent, Alberta Health Services (AHS) says.

Without the additional surge spaces, provincial ICU capacity would be at 174 per cent.

Hospitals in the central and northern parts of the province are particularly hard hit. Those zones are at or above 100 per cent capacity, even with surge capacity, AHS said in a written statement.

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