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Alberta ICUs nearing full capacity: AHS

FILE - Personal protective equipment is seen in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul's Hospital in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Intensive care units in Alberta are approaching their capacity limits, according to new numbers provided by Alberta Health Services (AHS).

As of Friday, intensive care units in the Calgary zone are at 90 per cent capacity, and 92 per cent in the Edmonton zone.

“These numbers fluctuate regularly,” said James Wood of AHS in an email. “At times, ICUs may operate at or above 100 per cent capacity, with additional supports available to be provided as necessary during those periods.

“We have robust contingency plans in place to ensure beds are available if needed to provide care for patients with COVID-19. These plans include increasing the number of ICU spaces.”


The health authority says an additional 20 ICU spaces will be provided for the Calgary zone.

This follows a surge in COVID-19 infections across the province.

Alberta recorded another single-day record of new COVID cases with 1,155 on Friday before setting a new single-day high on Saturday with 1,336 new cases.