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Alberta to receive help from Canadian Armed Forces, other provinces to battle fourth wave

Last Updated Oct 1, 2021 at 12:43 am MDT

Summary

Alberta to receive eight to 10 ICU trained members of the Armed Forces who will be deployed to Edmonton area hospitals

Up to 20 ICU trained members of the Canadian Red Cross will be sent to Red Deer Regional Hosptial

Newfoundland and Labrador will send a team of five or six ICU trained staff to Fort McMurray.

CALGARY — Alberta is finalizing a deal to bring some medical personnel from the Canadian Armed Forces to Alberta to help in the fight against the crippling fourth wave of COVID-19.

Along with the federal assistance, Alberta is set to receive help from the Canadian Red Cross and Newfoundland and Labrador.

WATCH: Premier Jason Kenney is joined by Health Minister Jason Copping and AHS President Dr. Verna Yiu to provide a COVID-19 update.

Premier Jason Kenney says the province is expecting eight to 10 Canadian Armed Forces members to be deployed to Edmonton area hospitals to help staff additional ICU beds.

Staff coming from the Canadian Red Cross will provide up to 20 ICU trained staff to provide help at the Red Deer Regional Hospital.

“Finally, we are completing plans with the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, to welcome a medical team, which we expect will include about five or six ICU experienced staff who will likely be deployed to the Northern Lights Regional Health Center in Fort McMurray,” said Kenney.

Kenney says these contributions from across Canada will help the province staff four or five additional ICU beds, and in turn, will help provide other supports where needed.