Saskatoon hospitals grapple with bed shortages as COVID-19 numbers rise

Saskatoon –

As Omicron’s COVID-19 surge in Saskatchewan gathers momentum, Saskatoon hospitals are facing a bed shortage.

In a note to the city’s physicians, Saskatoon Public Health Chief of Staff Dr. Grant Stoneham, the current situation as “very worrying”.

“We have been asked to remind all doctors to re-evaluate all currently admitted patients and to discharge those who are willing to go home to free up hospital beds,” Stoneham wrote in the memo sent Sunday.

“I imagine you all do this on a daily basis, but we’ve been asked to encourage a reassessment of bed status where possible.”

A screenshot of the note was shared on Twitter by NDP MLA Vicki Mowatt Monday morning.

According to Stoneham’s note, 19 admissions were pending at St Paul’s Hospital and 20 at the Royal University Hospital as of Sunday.

At the time of Stoneham’s message, there were no beds available at either hospital.

As of Sunday, there were 80 COVID-19 hospitalizations in the Saskatoon area, according to the provincial government.

That’s up from 53 a week before January 9th and 31 admissions two weeks ago on January 2nd.

As of Sunday, 3,329 active COVID-19 cases were reported in the Saskatoon area.

However, since provincial is considered the primary method of detecting coronavirus, many are stepping Cases are not reported.

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