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Premier Kenney says province to reveal model on severity of COVID-19 in Alberta

Last Updated Apr 3, 2020 at 7:38 am MDT

Premiere Jason Kenney provides an update on COVID-19 on March 27 (Screenshot from provincial update March 27)

Premier Jason Kenney says the provincial government will reveal its modeling in the coming days around how bad the pandemic could be in Alberta.

During an emergency debate in the legislature on Wednesday night, Kenney said it is expected to peak in early May.

“We now have enough data to model an informed projection of what lies ahead and as I said the government will be providing much of the info in the days to come once it is finalized,” Kenney said.

While the peak of the disease is expected to be roughly one month away, Kenney says the province is prepared.

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“Alberta Health Services report they’ve freed up 1,300 acute care beds to date and are on track to make 2,250 beds available by April 22,” Kenney said. “That would roughly be 3 weeks in advance of the projected peak of hospitalizations from COVID-19”

Kenney also said he’s confident Alberta has enough resources to meet the capacity of cases but adds AHS is also planning for worst-case scenarios that could see them set up back up facilities.