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Ontario/Canadian-Media: Ontario sees new 4,401 cases of COVID-19 pandemic cases today, the second-highest on a single day in the province despite public health units having logged a 9.5 percent positivity tests rate of pandemic, one of the highest test positivity rates in Ontario
Spread of Covid-19 Pandemic. Image credit: Unsplash
Of the 4,031,325 doses that Ontario received from the federal government to date, Ontario has now used about 80 percent to date.
According to the Ontario's Ministry of Health, as of yesterday, out of 1,646 people with COVID-19 in hospitals, 619 are being treated in ICUs for COVID-19-related illness, while 408 are on ventilators. Both figures are new pandemic highs for Ontario.
To increase capacity for the treatment of COVID-19 patients, hospitals have started today to ramp down elective surgeries and non-urgent procedures.
Last week Ontario's Health Minister Christine Elliott said last week that ramping down elective surgeries and non-urgent procedures could increase intensive-care unit capacity in Ontario by up to 1,000 patient beds.
Although hospitals in northern Ontario are exempt from cancelling non-urgent procedures, a memo from Ontario Health was issued on Thursday night said they should prepare to ramp down quickly in the near future.
Ontario hospitals had also been asked, according to the memo, to identify staff who may be redeployed to other sites if necessary.