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Alberta premier admits to overstating omicron hospitalizations by up to 60%

by Kennedy Hall

Premier Jason Kenney said a significant number of COVID-labeled hospitalizations were hospitalized for another reason, but tested positive by routine testing and were not sick with COVID.

(LifeSiteNews) — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Alberta Chief Medical Officer Deena Hinshaw have both admitted that numbers released to the public about ICU capacity and COVID hospitalizations have been off by as much as 60 percent.

In a Facebook video streamed live on Tuesday, Kenney revealed that a significant number of COVID-labeled hospitalizations in Alberta hospitals were incidental cases — meaning they were hospitalized for another reason, but tested positive by routine testing and were not sick with COVID.

Kenney explained that a distinction had to be made between people who “had been admitted to hospital where the primary diagnosis and sickness of concern is COVID-19, versus … people who had been admitted for other maladies,” and then were diagnosed through routine testing.

“Of the 163 omicron patients in hospital, 66 have a primary COVID diagnosis … and of the 14 omicron patients in ICU, 11 have a primary COVID diagnosis,” he stated.

According to Kenney, that means 60 percent of patients listed as in hospital for an omicron infection are not there because they came in sick with COVID, and that the ICU numbers follow the same logic with over 20 per cent of the listed hospitalizations being incidental.

This corresponds with trends seen across Canada, where provincial health authorities have pivoted and begun releasing more detailed data regarding hospitalizations.

 

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