COVID-19: Maternity patients limited to on-site support person in Alberta hospitals


As COVID-19 cases continue to overwhelm Alberta hospitals, Alberta Health Services is changing the number of visitors maternity hospitals can receive.

“To manage the growing impact of COVID-19 in our hospitals, we have made the difficult decision to reduce access to a designated support person on site with a patient in the maternity ward,” AHS said in a series of tweets. Thursday. .

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The change will be implemented in hospitals across the province over the next four days.

“These adjustments are necessary to protect the health and safety of our patients / staff and to support patient care as we manage capacity challenges,” said AHS.

“COVID-19, especially the Delta variant, is highly infectious and pregnant people are at a higher risk of serious complications. “

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Requests for two support people will be granted on a case-by-case basis, the health authority said.

“We know it is important for patients to have their loved ones present at this time, however, we recommend that patients, family and friends stay connected virtually or by phone, whenever possible, rather than in person, ”AHS said.

AHS said support people should not enter hospitals if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or if they are in close contact with a positive or possibly positive case.

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Hospitals that have outbreaks or are under surveillance may have additional restrictions, and people are advised to contact individual hospitals before visiting to be sure.

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As of Wednesday, 1,084 were being treated in hospital for COVID-19, including 268 in intensive care beds.

At 12:30 p.m. as of Thursday, 373 intensive care beds were open in Alberta, 200 of which were additional booster beds added to allow treatment of COVID-19 patients. Twenty-two of those spaces have been opened in the past seven days, AHS said.

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