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EDMONTON — The Alberta government has asked the federal government and the Red Cross to supply four field hospitals to care for patients as the COVID-19 case numbers in the province continue to rise, straining the capacity of the health-care system in the province.
CBC first reported the news, citing a federal source who said the province was likely to receive four hospitals, two from the federal government and two from the Red Cross. A source within the Alberta government confirmed the request has been made, but said it was “contingency” planning, should the pandemic continue to get worse, and that there is “no specific plan to activate them.”
Alberta has seen significant increases in daily case counts in recent weeks. As of Tuesday afternoon’s update, there were 16,628 active cases in the province, with 479 people in hospital, 97 in the ICU. More than 550 people have died.
The Alberta government has promised to add 400 hospital beds to care for COVID-19 patients.
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