Alberta is offering to help provide treatment for critically ill COVID-19 patients from Manitoba as a third wave of the pandemic continues to put pressure on that province's healthcare system.

Alberta Health Services says up to 10 Manitoba patients needing intensive care could be placed in hospitals in Edmonton or Calgary.

AHS says Alberta's health care system has enough capacity to help Manitoba while still ensuring that Albertans have access to critical care.

The number of COVID-19 patients in Manitoba declined slightly today to 69 from 72 yesterday but there are also 37 being treated in Ontario and Saskatchewan.