Alberta's top doctor says the province's "Open For Summer" plan set the trajectory for a crushing fourth wave of COVID-19.
Chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, told a conference call with doctors Monday that lifting all restrictions in July was the wrong move.
She said provinces that kept base level restrictions to manage spread of the virus are faring better than Alberta is now.
Hinshaw says she "deeply regrets" how comments she made in July led some Albertans to believe COVID-19 was over.
She also acknowledged frustrations by health-care workers with the United Conservative government's handling of the pandemic.
Alberta recorded record-high intensive care admissions on Monday and a case count that is still growing, driven by the Delta variant.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 14, 2021.
The Canadian Press