Health-care worker passes after contracting COVID-19 on duty

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The following statement can be attributed to Mike Parker, President, Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA).   

“It is with profound sadness that I am hearing of a member of our community of front-line health-care professionals who has succumbed to COVID-19. While others were told stay at home and socially distance as the pandemic took hold, health-care workers have rushed to the defence of Albertans. This individual answered the call to serve Albertans during the pandemic and has made the ultimate sacrifice.

“This tragic death highlights why we have been advocating so strongly for the immediate vaccination of all front-line health-care workers who put themselves at the greatest risk every day.

“HSAA members know and accept the risks involved in caring for our critically sick friends and neighbours. We are and will continue to be Alberta’s best line of defence.

“We also need a government to be laser-focused on the most important issue of our day, one that truly is in this together with us, one that is putting the needs of Albertans first just as our members and all health-care workers have been for the last ten months.

“HSAA stands with all health-care workers as we mourn this loss.”

HSAA is 27,000 health-care professionals dedicated to protecting the public health system and the vulnerable Albertans who rely on it.