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Canada Hundreds of Alberta doctors sign 3rd letter urging lockdown

02:50  24 november  2020
02:50  24 november  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

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a person standing in a room: Addressed to Premier Jason Kenney, Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Chief Medical Officer of Heath Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the letter has been signed by 341 physicians so far, and strongly recommends a second lockdown. © Shutterstock Addressed to Premier Jason Kenney, Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Chief Medical Officer of Heath Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the letter has been signed by 341 physicians so far, and strongly recommends a second lockdown.

Hundreds of Alberta doctors are saying the province's health-care system has already crossed the brink of disaster, and are urging officials to act swiftly with more restrictions to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

A lockdown was strongly recommended in a letter signed by 341 physicians and addressed to Premier Jason Kenney, Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Chief Medical Officer of Heath Dr. Deena Hinshaw on Sunday evening.

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Hundreds of doctors across Alberta have signed an open letter urging the provincial government to halt health-care changes coming April 1, so that those on the frontline battling the new coronavirus can focus on the pandemic and their patients. The letter , released at 9 a.m. on Monday, is addressed to

The declaration was co-written by Professor Sunetra Gupta of the University of Oxford, whose level-minded and wise counsel on Covid I have been plugging for months. The other two authors are American: the illustrious Dr Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford and Dr Martin Kulldorff of Harvard.

It argued that the continued rise of COVID-19 cases is not sustainable for the province's health-care workers, and will impact the care all Albertans receive if left unchecked.

"We continue to break daily records of new numbers of cases, and our ICU beds are nearly full. The pandemic has begun a slow collapse of our health-care system and time is running out to reverse it," it reads.

"Health-care workers are a finite resource. We cannot continue providing adequate care at this pace."

It is the third letter this month that has been signed en masse by provincial health-care workers and sent to the government to appeal for tightened restrictions and more drastic measures.

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The most recent letter was written by Dr. Lana Myroniuk, an Edmonton-based physician who has a general family practice and works at the Grey Nuns Hospital.

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It came as Alberta's COVID-19 case numbers were shattered on four consecutive days.

On Sunday, the province recorded 1,584 new positive cases — more new cases than Ontario, which has three times the population of Alberta.

On Monday, the province recorded 1,549 more, bringing the total active case count to 13,166. Meanwhile, there are now 328 people in hospital and 62 in intensive care. The death toll stands at 476.

No new restrictions were announced on Monday, but Hinshaw said she would be providing recommendations to the Alberta government in a cabinet meeting later in the afternoon.

"Today I will meet with the priorities implementation committee of cabinet to discuss a series of new measures to reduce the rising spread of COVID-19," Hinshaw said.

"Based on their decisions, we will provide a detailed update to Albertans tomorrow."

a man wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: The letter was written by Dr. Lana Myroniuk, an Edmonton-based physician who has a general family practice and works at the Grey Nuns Hospital. © Carolyn Dunn/CBC The letter was written by Dr. Lana Myroniuk, an Edmonton-based physician who has a general family practice and works at the Grey Nuns Hospital.

Myroniuk said she wanted to raise the alarm because as the case numbers have soared, COVID-19 is no longer impacting the health of only those who contract it.

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Rather, it is now enough of a force to disrupt health-care for all Albertans, she said.

"At the rate that we're going, we simply cannot continue to provide adequate care to Albertans. The current system overload is impacting not just COVID-19 patients now," Myroniuk told CBC News.

"Hip surgeries are being cancelled. There are longer waits for medical imaging, which can delay a cancer diagnosis. Entire clinics are being cancelled because the doctor or the nurse who's working is sick or in isolation and can't attend.

"So I felt I should speak up, to encourage our government to take swift action to address the pandemic — before it's too late."

'The system is not going to function'

First and foremost, Myroniuk said, is the challenge COVID-19 introduces to adequate staffing.

For example, if a single doctor or nurse heads into isolation for possible exposure to COVID-19, there are often about six or seven other health-care workers who will follow, and quarantine as close-contacts.

The hospital is then short-staffed for two weeks, with fewer nurses in the pool for coverage. Those who remain work longer hours, and more frequently, to fill the gaps.

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"We are working longer hours under increasingly difficult conditions with the requirement for adequate PPE and distancing. We are covering for sick colleagues or those in isolation," the letter said.

"Some stare COVID-19 in the eyes on a daily basis. Some have even contracted it themselves."

And if an outbreak is declared at a clinic or hospital, delays — and anxiety — are not far behind, she said.

Appointments, consultations and surgeries get cancelled, which means that patients have to wait for diagnoses and treatment.

"If more of us are affected, there's just simply fewer of us to provide care. And that's why I think we can't continue at this pace," she said.

"I think everyone is exhausted and burnt out. And at the rate that we're going, at some point, the system is just not going to function."

The shoulders of a few

Dr. Jennifer Nicol is an emergency physician at Calgary's Peter Lougheed Centre and Foothills Medical Centre.

She is one of the Alberta physicians who signed her name to the letter, and did so in part, Nicol said, because of trends she is noticing in hospitals.

There is an increased volume of COVID-19 patients who are coming in with more serious symptoms, and being admitted to emergency departments, she said.

"Patients are coming in and requiring emergent intervention, including intubation or high flow oxygen," Nicol said.

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"For example, last week … 13 out of the 18 ICU beds at the Peter Lougheed were full of COVID patients, and many of them had been admitted in a single day.

"So I think things are rapidly changing and evolving. And it's very concerning that we're not seeing a reactive implementation or a reactive change of public health measures to reflect what we're seeing in the hospital."

Nicol said that while other provincial governments, such as those in B.C. and Ontario, have introduced restrictions as cases have spiked, Alberta has not.

"It's deeply concerning to us who work in health care, and I think a large number of the public as well, that we haven't seen the same implementations and same changes to our strategy to COVID in Alberta," Nicol said.

"I wonder, how long can the decisions of many rest on the shoulders of a few.… We can only bear the brunt of these policies … and complacent behaviour in our community, as a whole, for so long."

The provincial government has yet to respond to requests for comment from CBC News.

The full text of the letter:

November 22, 2020

To: Honourable Premier Kenney, Honourable Minister Shandro and Dr. Hinshaw

Cc: Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Honourable Patty Hajdu, Honourable Travis Toews, Ms. Rachel Notley, Mr. David Shepherd

Dear Premier Kenney, Minister Shandro and Dr. Hinshaw:

I write to you as a deeply concerned Albertan, mother and physician about the raging COVID-19 pandemic. The continued rise in COVID-19 infections in Alberta is alarming. We are not on the brink of a health care system disaster — we are already in it.

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No doubt, the balance between politics, the economy and health care is challenging. However, right now, health care must prevail. We continue to break daily records of new numbers of  cases, and our ICU beds are nearly full. The pandemic has begun a slow collapse of our health-care system and time is running out to reverse it.

While I appreciate the stated use of evidence-based decision-making, it is imperative to understand what reality is like on the front lines. Physicians, along with our nursing, allied health, paramedic, imaging technology, administrative, service worker and housekeeping colleagues are exhausted. We are burned out. We are working longer hours under increasingly difficult conditions with the requirement for adequate PPE and distancing. We are covering for sick colleagues or those in isolation. Some stare COVID-19 in the eyes on a daily basis. Some have even contracted it themselves. Reduced staffing means added logistical work in planning  for where, when and how we can safely deliver care to our patients. This impacts intensive, acute, outpatient and primary care alike.

Health-care workers are a finite resource. We cannot continue providing adequate care at this pace. This not only affects patients with COVID-19; it affects all Albertans who actively or potentially need health care. We are barrelling deeper into catastrophe with each passing day. I am not joking. I am not exaggerating.

As you enact further public health measures, I implore you to consider the sustainability of the current plan. Surge capacity measures are a reactive, not proactive, strategy. While none of us want to have a second lockdown, I do not see any alternative at present. The curve must be  rapidly flattened to sustain our health-care system, our economy and our hope of a healthy future without COVID-19.

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Please consider the weight of the burden you are asking health-care workers to carry. We are Albertans, too, and we are profoundly concerned about the health and welfare of our families and fellow citizens. I urge you to act now.

Yours in service,

Dr. Lana Myroniuk, BSc MD CCFP, Edmonton

On behalf of:

Dr. Zainab Abbas, MD, CCFP, Calgary, AB

Dr. Carrie Abrahamson ,MBChB, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Bailey Adams, MD, CCFP, St. Albert

Dr. Zahra Ahamed, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Salima Alladina, CCFP (EM), MPH, Calgary

Dr. Inoka Amarakone, MBBS, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Kathryn Anderson, MD, CCFP, (Calgary)

Dr. Kim Anderson-Hill, MD, CCFP, Sherwood Park

Dr. Eeshita Arora, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Amir Aslam, MD, MRCP(UK), MSc, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Branden Ayotte, MD, CCFP, Drayton Valley

Dr. Joanne Baergen, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Cara Bablitz, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Sharonjit Bains, MD, CCFP, Cochrane

Dr. Sameena A Bajwa, MBBS, CCFP, FCFP, Calgary

Dr. Charlotte Ballermann, BSc Biochemistry, MD, FRCSC

Dr. Claire Barber, MD, PHD, FRCPC, Calgary

Dr. Jocelyn Barber, MBBChBAO, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Alice Bedard, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Patricia Belda, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Deanna Bellamy, MD, CCFP, Sherwood Park

Dr. Athena Bennett, MD, FRCSC (General Surgery), Edmonton

Dr. Kristine Bertsch, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Seema Bhanji, MBBS, CCFP, DipABLM, Edmonton

Dr. Kamwardeep Birdi, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Katherine Bisby, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Michelle Bischoff, MD, FRCPC, Calgary

Dr. Alix Blackshaw, MD, CCFP, Hinton

Dr. LeeAnna Blackshaw, MD, CCFP, Olds

Dr. Melanie Boroja, BSc MD FRCPC , Canmore

Dr. Michael Bow

Dr. Ellen Boyd, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Kanwar Braich, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Andrea Brown, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Paula Burke, MD, CCFP, Rimbey

Dr. Aisling Campbell, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Lindsey Campbell, MD ,CCFP, Spruce Grove

Dr. Antonia Cappella, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Katharina Cardinal, BSc, MD, CCFP

Dr. Frances Carr, MBChb, MSc, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Neha Chadha, BSc, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Karenn Chan, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Jennifer Chan, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Ruoh-Yeng Chang, MD, CCFP

Dr. Erin Chapman, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Danny Chao, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Michael Chatenay ,MD., MSC., FRCS(C)

Dr. Shazia Chaudhry, MD, CCFP, Leduc

Dr. Caroline Chee, MD, FRCPC, Calgary

Dr. Kar Wing Cheung, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Jonathan Chi, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Shirline Chia, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Kaitlin Chivers-Wilson, MD, FRCPC, Calgary

Dr. Lily Chen, MD, CCFP, Leduc

Dr. Jonathan Chow, DC, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Andrew Chung, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Jodie Clark, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Lisa Coffey, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Jennifer Corrales, MD, CCFP

Dr. Laura Coughlan, MD, FRCSC, Calgary

Dr. Mary Cummins, FRCP, Psychiatry, Edmonton

Dr. Melanie Currie, MD, CCFP, Spruce Grove

Dr. Jeffrey Dai, MSc, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Tara Daley, MD, FRCSC, Lethbridge

Dr. Erica Dance, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Hajira Danial, BMedSc, MD, FRCSC, Edmonton

Dr. Nathalie de Bruin, family physician, Calgary

Dr. Christa Desrochers, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Leah Dettman, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Emily Devereaux, MD, CCFP, Red Deer

Dr. Danielle Diaz, MD, CCFP, Sundre

Dr. Mark Diaz, MD, CCFP, Sundre

Dr. Navdeep S. Dhaliwal, B.Sc.(Hons.), MHA, MD, CCFP (EM),Edmonton

Dr. Charlene Dinakaran, BSc, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Sholeh Dezfuli, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Jocelyn Donnelly, MD, FRCS(C), Calgary

Dr. Hanifa Dostmohamed, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Emmi Driedger, MD, FRCPC, Red Deer

Dr. Cindy Du, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Paula Dubois, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Keltie Duggan, MD CCFP

Dr. Lauralee Dukeshire, MD, CCFP, Red Deer County

Dr. Fiona Dunne, MD, FRCPC, Calgary

Dr. Christine East, MD, CCFP(EM), emergency physician, Calgary

Dr. Lauren Eastman, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Tamer El Mays, MD, MSc, CCFP, Airdrie

Dr. Meghan Elkink, MD, CCFP, Cochrane

Dr. Connie Ellis, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Alyssa England, MD, CCFP

Dr. Andrea Estey, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Eileen Estrabillo, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Dianne Fang, MD, CCFP

Dr. Anne Kittler Fath, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Johanna Festen, MD, PhD CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Marc-André Filion, MD, MScPT, Sylvan Lake

Dr. Zoe Filyk, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Nathan Finkbeiner, MD, FRCPC, Calgary

Dr. Will Flexer, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Lenni Folden, MD, Calgary

Dr. Carla Foolen, MD, CCFP, Sundre

Dr. Andrea Freitas, MD CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Susan French, MD FRCPC, Calgary

Dr. Erika Fridfinnson, MD, Airdrie

Dr. Naomi Fridhandler, MD, FRCSC, (OBGYN), High River

Dr. Stephanie Frigon, MD, CCFP, Westlock

Dr. Christine Froelich, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Lynnsey Frunchak, MD, CCFP, Sherwood Park

Dr. Melissa Fyhn, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Kathleen Game, MD, CCFP, Rocky Mountain House

Dr. Gaylene Genge, MD, CCFP, Spruce Grove

Dr. Clarence Giang MD CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Nadia Giannakopoulos, MD, PhD, DABP, Edmonton

Dr. Dominica Gidrewicz, MD, FRCPC, Calgary

Dr. Ranbir Gill, BSc Pharm, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Ashley Gillson, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Gregory Gilmour, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Sarah Glaze, MD, FRCSC, Calgary

Dr. Briana Goad, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Diana Grainger, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Calgary

Dr. Kate Greeff, BSc, MD, FRCSC, obstetrics and gynaecology, Grey Nuns Community Hospital

Dr. Meera Grover, MD, CCFP (AM), Calgary

Dr. Milli Gupta, MD, FRCPC, Calgary

Dr. Ema Gye, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Sarah Hajjar, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Richard Hanelt, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Madiha Hashim, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Karmon Helmle, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Calgary

Dr. Katie Hermanutz, MD, CCFP, Red Deer

Dr. Latisha Hewton-Backfat, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Hoorsheed Heydari, BSc MD CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Katy Hicks, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Mette Hoegh-Petersen, MD, CCFP, Banff

Dr. Amanda Hogg, BSc., MD, FRCPC, Calgary

Dr. Cassandra Hoggard, MD, CCFP (COE), Okotoks

Dr. Martha Ingles, MD, CCFP, Olds

Dr. Kishwar Jamal, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Lindsay Jantzie, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Lisa Jin, MD, Edmonton

Dr. Jacqueline Holm Jhass, MD, FCFP, St. Albert

Dr. Michelle Jung, MD FRCPC, Calgary

Dr. Abdul Qadir Kamran, MBBS, CCFP, FCFP, Calgary

Dr. Christine Kang, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Cindy Kao, MD, FRCPC, Calgary

Dr. Laura KarisAllen, MD, FRCSC

Dr. Janine Karpakis, MD, MB, Ch B, Lethbridge

Dr. Brittnee Kegler, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Stephanie Kerwin, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Sameena Khan, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Manishi Khatter, MD, CCFP, Sherwood Park

Dr. Manisha Khurana, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Rshmi Khurana, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Allison Kirkham, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Jessica Kirkwood, MD, CCFP (AM), Edmonton

Dr. Colleen Kjelland, MD, FRCP-EM, Edmonton

Dr. Alex Knebel, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Brian Knight, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Hilary Kornder, MD, CCFP, Sherwood Park

Dr. Sanja Kostov, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Terri Kremenik, MD, CCFP, Lethbridge

Dr. Thara Kumar, MD, FRCPC, Red Deer

Dr. Cathryn J Kuzyk, MD CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Cynthia Kwong, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Katarzyna Kycia, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Bonnieca Islam, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Sarah Jo, MD, CCFP, Red Deer

Dr. Melissa Lacoursiere, BSc, MD, CCFP, Jasper

Dr. Tehseen Ladha, MD, MPH, FRCPC

Dr. Carla Laidlaw, MD, CCFP, Spruce Grove

Dr. Cherelyn Lakusta, MD, FRCPC, Calgary

Dr. Vanessa Lam, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Shawna Lamond, MD, CCFP, IBCLC, Calgary

Dr. Jade Lau, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Cindy Lee, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Patricia Lee, MD, FRCPC, Calgary

Dr. Erin Lerner, MD, CCFP, Beaumont

Dr. Karen Leung, MD/MSc, CCFP(COE), Edmonton

Dr. Jordan Leung, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Shannon Lewicke, MD, CCFP Edmonton

Dr. Katherine Li, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Yang Li, MD, MPH, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Lillian Lim, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Ravini Liyanaarachchi, MBBS, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Freda Lo, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Clinton Logan, MD CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Jason Lord MD, FRCPC, Calgary

Dr. Scott Loree, MD, CCFP, FAWM, Calgary

Dr. Caeley Lorincz, PhD, MD CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Nadia Luca, MD, FRCPC, Calgary

Dr. Trevor Luk, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Nadine Lundgren MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Sarah Mabood, MD, Airdrie , Beiseker

Dr. Melanie Marsh-Joyal, MD, FRCPC- Psychiatry, Edmonton

Dr. Bradley Martin, BSc (Hons), MD, CCFP, Hinton

Dr. Jessica Maciejko, MD, CCFP, Sylvan Lake

Dr. Fiona Mattatall, MSc MD ,FRCSC, Calgary

Dr. Padraic McCombe, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Fort McMurray

Dr. Jamie McIntyre, MD, CCFP-EM, Red Deer

Dr. Norah McKay, MD, CCFP, Peace River

Dr. Elizabeth McLeman, MSc, MD, CCFP (EM), Calgary

Dr. Jan McPhee MD, CCFP, MSc, BScH, Canmore

Dr. Robyn McPherson, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Christa McPherson, MD, CCFP, Canmore

Dr. Sarah Meleshko, MD, CCFP(EM), Edmonton

Dr. Cassandra Millar, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Aisha Mirza, MD ,CCFP(EM), FCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Shazma Mithani, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Troy Mitchell, MD, MSc., Edmonton

Dr. Tally Mogus, MD ,CCFP (AM), Edmonton

Dr. Suneina Mohan, MD, FRCPC, Calgary

Dr. Laura Mowbrey, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Kristina Moore, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Jessica Muggli, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Joanna Mundell, MBChB, family doc, Rocky Mountain House

Dr. Ike Muotoh, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Sandy J. Murray, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Red Deer

Dr. Sadia Nakhuda, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Fareeha Nasir, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Yasmin Nasser, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Calgary

Dr. Jennifer Ngo, MD, FRCPC, Calgary

Dr. Jennifer Nicol, MD, FRCPC, Calgary

Dr. Adam Nielsen, MD, CCFP, Cochrane

Dr. Pawel Niemczewski, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Makela Nkemdirim, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Amanda Noftall, MD, PGY 2, Calgary

Dr. Liza Noonan, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Nadia Noordin, MD, Calgary

Dr. Chris Novak, MD, FRCPC, Calgary

Dr. Tomasz Nowacki, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Noelle O'Riordan, MD, CCFP, Castor

Dr. Angela Ochs, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Karen Packer, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Sophie Palmer, MD, PGY-4 OBGYN resident, Edmonton

Dr. Hannah Park, MD, FRCPC (ER), Calgary

Dr. Rakesh Patel, MBBS CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Lindsay Paton-Gay, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Jadine Paw, MD, FRCSC, Calgary

Dr. Tessa Penrod, MD, CCFP, FCFP

Dr. Dalynne Peters, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Krista Piebiak Patterson, MD CCFP, Spruce Grove

Dr. Aaron Pink, MD

Dr. Nureen Pirbhai , MD, CCFP Calgary

Dr. Natashka Pollock, MD, PhD, FRCSC, Edmonton

Dr. Marielle Pratt, MD, CCFP, St. Albert

Dr. Shafeena Premji, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Jennifer Puddy, MD, CCFP(EM), emergency physician, Calgary

Dr. Ayesha N Rahim, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Gurpreet Rakhra, MD, DABFM, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Samira Rashid, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Dr. Jillian Ratti, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Nelini Reddy, MBChB, Calgary

Dr. Saurash Reddy, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Kaitlin Robertson, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Catherine Roder, MD, CCFP, Edson

Dr. Murray Rodych, MD, CCFP, Olds

Dr. Anne Roggensack, MD, FRCSC, Calgary

Dr. Nicole Roper, MD, CCFP, High River

Dr. Rebeccah Rosenblum, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Ryan Roszko, MD, CCFP, Whitecourt

Dr. Tanya Ruman, MD, CCFP Edmonton

Dr. Kelsey Rutten, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Kristen Rylance, MD, CCFP, Rimbey

Dr. Zahra Saleh, MD, CCFP, Spruce Grove

Dr. Naminder Sandhu, MD, FRCPC, Calgary

Dr. Rachel Schachar MD, MSc, FRCSC, Calgary

Dr. Mark Schindel, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Glenda Schoombee, MBChB, PGDipClinDerm, Cochrane

Dr. Willem Schoombee, MBChB, CCFP, Cochrane

Dr. Alexandra Seal, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Saumya Selvaraj, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Cynthia Seow, MBBS, FRACP, MSc, Calgary

Dr. Larissa Seredycz, MD, CCFP, PC, Calgary

Dr. Sabin Shurraw, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Faye Sirianni, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Ashima Sharma, MD, Calgary

Dr. Annalise Shewchuk, MD CCFP, Leduc

Dr. Alyzee Sibtain, MD, FRCPC, Red Deer

Dr. Joanna Slusar, MD, CCFP, Olds

Dr. Julie Smith, BSc, MD FCFP CCFP(EM), Lethbridge

Dr. Katherine Smith, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Linda Smith MD CCFP, FCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Kelly Stevens, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Dena Stockburger, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Hyun Ju Sung, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Dr. Andrew Swinton, MD, FCFP

Dr. Roolan Tabassum, MD, FRCPC, Calgary

Dr. Rachel Talavlikar, MD, CCFP, cTropMed, Calgary

Dr. Hesham Tarhoni, MD, FRCPC (internal medicine), Edmonton

Dr. Elana Taub, MD, Family and Sport Medicine, Calgary

Dr. Allison Theman, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Kelli Thomas, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Agnes Thompson, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Elisabeth Thompson, MD, FCFPC, Spruce Grove

Dr. Cristina Ticu, MD, PhD, CCFP

Dr. Julie Torrie, MD, CCFP, Cochrane

Dr. Renie Traiforos, MD, CCFP(EM), Calgary

Dr. Tanya Tran, MD, CCFP FCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Kerri Treherne, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Nomiki Trouli, MD, Sherwood Park

Dr. Jennifer Tse, BMSc, MD, CCFP, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Alena Tse-Chang, MD FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Brent Turner, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Victoria Ung, MD CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Sheila Ung-Datta, MD, CCFP, MPH, Calgary

Dr. Kathy Unger, MD, CCFP, Lacombe

Dr. Declan Unsworth, MD, CCFP, Jasper

Dr. Jessica van der Sloot, MD, CCFP, Lethbridge

Dr. Parker Vandermeer, MD, CCFP, Rural and Remote

Dr. Ram Venkata, MBBS, FRCPCH(UK), FRCPC, Lethbridge

Dr. Frances Vettergreen, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Calgary

Dr. Rattanjeet Vig, MSc, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Heidi Von Engelbrechten, MD, CCFP, FCFP Calgary

Dr. Sheila Wang, MD, CCFP, Red Deer

Dr. Dhea Wallace-Chau, MD, FRCSC, CPCC, Calgary

Dr. Nicola Watkins, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Vesta Michelle Warren, MD, CCSP, FCFP

Dr. Reggie Wawrinchuk, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Sarah Weeks, MD, FRCPC, Calgary

Dr. Peter Wei, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Elizabeth Weninger, MD, CCFP, Hinton

Dr. Deborah White, MD, CCFP, MICGP

Dr. Vicki Wielenga, MD, CCFP, Olds

Dr. Uys Winterbach, MD CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Andrew S. Wong, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Kerry Wong, MD, FRCPC, Edmonton

Dr. Edward Woo, MSc, MD, CCFP

Dr. Laura Wood, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Sarah Wozney, MD, FRCSC, Lethbridge

Dr. Grace Xu, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Aref Yeung, MD, CCFP(EM) Edmonton

Dr. Rose Yeung, MD, FRCPC ,MPH

Dr. Timothy Yeung, BSc, MD, CCFP-Anesthesia

Dr. Carmen Young, MD, FRCSC, Edmonton

Dr. Deidre Young, MDCM, CCFP, FCFP, Calgary

Dr. Diana Yu, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Hana Yu, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Yan Yu, MD MPP MBA CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Gilbert Yuen, MD, CCFP, Calgary

Dr. Mukarram Ali Zaidi, MBBS, CUS, MSc, MD, CPHRM, MCFP, PPP

Dr. Jon Zaozirny, MD, CCFP(EM), Edmonton

Dr. Rieza Kristielle Zara, MD, CCFP, Edmonton

Dr. Ivy Zuidhof, BSc, MD, CCFP, Spruce Grove

COVID-19 Update: 1,077 new cases, 10 deaths | Banff declares state of emergency .
With news on COVID-19 happening rapidly, we’ve created this page to bring you our latest stories and information on the outbreak in and around Calgary. What’s happening now Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said experts within the government believe more than half of Canadians will be immunized by September 2021. The province reported Thursday 1,077 new cases of COVID-19 on 15,644 tests and 10 deaths. There are 14,052 active cases in Alberta. Alberta is launching a rapid testing pilot in December.

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