Several people reportedly wound up in the ICU after a 'Get COVID' party in Canada

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SEATTLE, WA - MAY 07: Nurses Karen Hayes (L) and Nurse Nick Brideau administer care to a patient in the acute care COVID unit at Harborview Medical Center on May 7, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. The patient was transferred out of the ICU COVID unit because she no longer needs to be on a ventilator. Today there are 25 patients at Harborview Medical Center, 10 of whom are on this floor. Currently in the UW Medicine System, 66 patients testing positive for COVID-19 are receiving care, around half of what it was at its peak. Karen Ducey/Getty Images

Several people were hospitalized after a "Get COVID-19" party in Canada, sources told City News Edmonton.

The sources told the media site that the party in Edson, Alberta, happened about two weeks ago, and an undisclosed number of attendees wound up in an intensive care unit at a hospital in Edmonton.

A "Get COVID" party is similar to "chickenpox party," in which people gather to intentionally expose their unvaccinated children to the virus in hopes of gaining natural immunity - a practice pediatricians call a gamble.

Edson Mayor Kevin Zahara has not confirmed reports of the party, he did say that many Edson residents were hospitalized in the ICU with COVID-19.

He called news of gatherings like that "troubling" in a statement on Twitter.

"These types of events would be highly dangerous and needlessly endanger lives," he said.

Health Minister Jason Copping told Vice News that indoor gatherings are banned for unvaccinated people and has urged residents to get vaccinated.

"People who are hosting or attending these parties not only put themselves at risk of serious illness or death, but are adding stress to the health care system, which in turn may prevent other Albertans from getting the care they need," he said.

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