Ontario Formally Asks Canada For Help

Ontario Formally Asks Canada For Help

Ontario Formally Asks Canada For Help

The additional personnel will provide operational and logistical assistance so long-term care staff can focus on the care of residents, Ford said.

In Toronto, Ontario Premier Doug Ford told reporters, "There's never going to be one date where we would just open up the economy".

The province has also been responding to every escalated request for personal protective equipment (PPE) from LTC homes within 24 hours. That data is taken from a different system than the specific long-term care data and the two are often out of sync.

The military teams sent to Quebec long-term care facilities were comprised of nurses, medical technicians and support personnel.

She mentioned that front line healthcare workers have seen some success as 20 long-term care homes were previously declared an outbreak are now outbreak free. One thousand have come forward as of Wednesday, he said, including around 350 doctors and 65 Forces members.

Around 9,000 tests for COVID-19 are performed per day provincewide and Ford says the goal is to reach 14,000 a day.

Planning staff at national defence headquarters in Ottawa had been given an earlier heads-up that Ontario was expected to request assistance similar to that provided to Quebec. Some facilities have been hit with particular force, including a nursing home in Bobcaygeon and a care centre in Etobicoke.

"In order to turn the tide in these settings, not only will they need to implement outbreak control measures, but we will also need to keep our public health measures in place throughout our community".

The new patients bring the province's total number of COVID-19 cases to 12,245, including 6,221 recoveries-marking the first time recoveries outpace active cases in the province. More than 1,500 residents were by then confirmed to be infected - not including presumptive cases - as well as almost 850 staff members.

Ontario public health experts have indicated that the province's COVID-19 situation is peaking, which means they now expect that the number of new cases will start to drop.

As of Wednesday, the province reported 127 outbreaks at long-term care homes.

Conducting additional testing of asymptomatic residents and staff outside of the testing guidance at 21 long-term care homes, to help understand the spread of the virus. But he took aim at the PCs for what he called a delayed response.

The province says 878 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, with 243 being treated in intensive care units.

There were 367 new cases in residents reported in the past day, and 90 new cases in staff.

Quinte Health Care reported two confirmed COVID-19 inpatients with 10 inpatients under investigation for the disease as of Wednesday morning.

In Toronto alone, five hospitals (Michael Garron Hospital, Women's College, North York General, Unity Health Toronto and Mount Sinai Hospital) have been engaged to support approximately 40 long-term care homes in the city. Those members were subsequently moved onboard ships that are now along the Atlantic Coast.

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