COVID-19 field hospital construction to be finished within days: officials

EDMONTON — Set up of the Red Cross field hospital at the University of Alberta’s Butterdome will be finished this week, Alberta Health Services says.

It is on track to open to patients by mid-January, if needed.

Red Cross field hospital, Edmonton

Construction of the “alternate care centre” began after Christmas.

It could host up to 100 patients recovering from COVID-19 who are considered to be of low risk of transmitting the disease.

The facility will be equipped to care for other kinds of patients, too.

Red Cross, Edmonton, field hospital

However, the province says the 100 beds will be kept in reserve for now.

AHS is currently working to add 2,250 regular beds and 425 ICU beds across the province.

Currently, there are 905 Albertans with COVID-19 in hospitals, 136 of whom are receiving intensive care.

Over the past six weeks, AHS says 65 ICU spaces have been opened in the Edmonton medical zone, bringing its total ICU capacity to 137.

On Monday, in its first comprehensive update since the holiday, Alberta reported 5,107 cases and 96 deaths since Dec. 30.

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