On Easter weekend, the Alberta government announced that the province is sharing much-needed supplies to British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec to help address unprecedented demand in those provinces for personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators.
Recently, the City of Toronto had to recall more than $200,000 worth of surgical masks due to quality issues.
Premier of Alberta Jason Kenney said, “Albertans should be very proud that we are able to extend a helping hand to our Canadian brothers and sisters in this time of need. It is because of Albertans’ efforts to isolate and the incredible job being done by frontline health-care workers that we are in a position to support others during this crisis. We want all of our country to know that in both good times and bad, Alberta is there for Canada.”
As per the Premier, Alberta can safely send N95 masks, procedural masks, gloves, goggles and ventilators to these provinces, while maintaining supply for Alberta’s health care system.
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According to the news release, Alberta is sending
- Ontario: 250,000 N95 masks, 2.5 million procedural masks, 15 million gloves, 87,000 goggles, 50 ventilators
- Quebec: 250,000 N95 masks, 2 million procedural masks, 15 million gloves
- British Columbia: 250,000 N95 masks
Alberta’s COVID-19 modelling suggests that the most probable scenario for Alberta is the virus will reach its peak mid-May when an estimated 820 people could require hospitalization, with more than a quarter requiring critical care. Based on that modelling, Alberta officials are confident that Alberta has an adequate supply of each and more shipments are on the way.
The analysis released shows that currently, Alberta is leading in testing for COVID-19 compared to all the other provinces and most countries across the world.
According to the news release, Alberta will begin shipping these items next week and is willing to provide more supplies to other provinces as the need arises and as supplies arrive the province.
As of April 11, Alberta has 1,569 COVOD-19 cases and 40 deaths.
Quebec currently has more than 11,670 cases and 241 deaths, Ontario has more than 6,640 cases and 253 deaths, and British Columbia has more than 1,400 cases and 55 deaths.