ALBERTANS WHO ARE NOT GASPING FOR BREATH in a hospital ICU are likely gasping in shock and horror at what is happening in their province right now.
Consider for a moment, if you will, their plight.
Don’t look at case counts, don’t look at vaccination rates, just look at intensive care admissions for a moment.
As of Thursday, Alberta was seeing 18-to-20 admissions to ICU due to COVID-19 every day and there were 310 ICU beds left in the entire province, including surge beds that have been opened up as a contingency.
Three-quarters of all ICU patients in Alberta have COVID-19. If admissions continue at this rate — and remember, ICU admission spikes lag behind case count spikes — there will be no more ICU space at all in two weeks. Not a single bed.
James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.