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'Alarming and heartbreaking': Medical group calls for strict measures in Saskatchewan

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The Canadian Medical Association is again calling on Saskatchewan to bring in strict public measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Saskatchewan's chief medical health officer cried Wednesday when he released COVID-19 modelling that showed hospitalizations would continue to increase until December unless restrictions such as reduced gathering sizes are reintroduced.

Dr. Katharine Smart, president of the national association, says the modelling was both "alarming and heartbreaking."

She says the people of Saskatchewan need support as communities continue to deal with COVID-19 and health-care workers provide care under extreme conditions.

Smart says the province needs to increase vaccination rates through mandatory vaccination in health-care settings, bring in a circuit breaker to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and ask other jurisdictions for help.

Saskatchewan continues to have the highest weekly death rate among the provinces and has started transferring patients to Ontario as hospitals run out of beds and staff.

"We have come too far for too long to allow this situation to continue," Smart said in a statement. "As we've said before, it's time for courageous action and a focus on collaboration.

"The people of Saskatchewan deserve better."

The province said three additional patients will be transferred to Ontario from Friday to Sunday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 21, 2021

The Canadian Press

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