Doctors, Official Opposition call for gathering limits as Sask. ICUs remain swamped – CBC

New modelling suggests more public health restrictions are needed to bend the curve

Oct 21, 2021

Doctors and the Official Opposition are calling on the Saskatchewan government to impose gathering restrictions on the public — something the province’s own recent modelling suggests is needed to bend the curve of COVID-19.

Health-care workers in the province are caring for a larger-than-normal number of people in intensive care units, including 76 people with COVID-19 as of Thursday, to say nothing of dozens of others in ICU without the disease. As a result, Saskatchewan has sent some patients to other provinces.

Normally, the health system only has room for 79 ICU patients in total.

In a statement issued Thursday, the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) said the patient transfers underscore the need for the province to reintroduce gathering limits, which were scrapped alongside all other public health measures on July 11.

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