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Toronto/Canadian-Media: Up to three medical assistance teams would be deployed by the Canadian Armed Forces to pandemic-stressed Ontario hospitals to help support critical health care facilities due to surging COVID-19 caseload, the Liberal government announced Monday.
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Three dozen or more would be deployed by the troops and will include nurses and technicians who will help respond to the rising critical care caseload, particularly in the Greater Toronto Area. The military also will help to co-ordinate health logistics.
Public Safety Department said in a statement that starting today, the air force will also begin flying in extra medical staff offered to Ontario by other provinces to help ease the crisis. A relief flight with medical personnel from Newfoundland will arrive today.
Only a few days after turning down an offer by the federal government to send in extra personnel, it was on Friday that Ontario made the formal request for help from the military.
During the first wave, last year, nurses, medical technicians and ordinary soldiers spent months caring for elderly patients in 54 nursing homes in Ontario and Quebec when fifty-five members of the military contracted COVID-19 according to testimony heard by a parliamentary committee last fall. All of the soldiers recovered and none required hospitalization.