Don’t be fooled by falling case numbers, Alberta’s COVID-19 situation remains precarious – CBC

Focus needs to be on hospitalization numbers, expert says

Oct 31, 2021

Alberta is seeing its COVID-19 numbers improve, but the threat of another deadly winter still looms large.

Albertans won’t soon forget the brutal second wave of the virus, as 1,154 Albertans died with COVID-19 in December and January — more than a third of the province’s COVID deaths during the entire pandemic.

While vaccines have changed the game significantly, there have still been more than 700 COVID-19 deaths in September and October as the deadly delta variant sweeps across the province.

Though the spread of COVID-19 has dropped drastically in the past six weeks, pressure on the province’s health system remains about as high as the peak of the third wave and almost as high as the second.

Daily case counts have had much of the attention for the past 18 months, but one expert suggests Albertans should now be looking at the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU admissions as the key metric.

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