Critically ill patients are being airlifted out of Red Deer Regional Hospital as doctors and nurses from its various departments are recruited to care for patients on ventilators due to spiking COVID-19 cases in central Alberta.
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Red Deer, Alta., have jumped 62 per cent (from 83 to 134 cases) and ICU admissions are up 31 per cent (from 16 to 21 cases) over the past week.
“Nothing like this has happened before. We’re on the precipice of not being able to provide appropriate care to people,” said Dr. Mike Weldon, an emergency room physician who works at the hospital in Red Deer,
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