Emotional Sask. chief medical health officer pleads with public amid dire new COVID-19 modelling – CBC

Modelling shows there could be more than 200 COVID patients in ICUs by Jan. 1

Oct 20, 2021

The number of Saskatchewan residents infected with COVID-19 and placed under intensive care could more than double by the new year if no additional public health measures are brought in and if people don’t change their behaviours in the next few weeks, says the province’s chief medical health officer.

Dr. Saqib Shahab broke down Wednesday during a COVID-19 media teleconference when discussing new modelling, which suggests a potential spike in COVID-19 ICU hospitalizations that would begin in early December and reach its peak in the new year.

As of Wednesday, there were 82 COVID-19 patients in Saskatchewan’s ICUs, plus another 35 people without COVID-19, causing health workers in overburdened hospitals to send six ICU patients to Ontario.

The modelling — released by the government shortly before the news conference — suggests that even if booster shots are made available to more people, if current behaviour persists, the number of Saskatchewan COVID-19 patients in ICUs could reach well over 200 by Jan. 1.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/dr-saqib-shahab-covid-19-modelling-break-down-1.6217981

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