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Province has hit critical mark of COVID-19 patients in ICU: OHA

Last Updated Nov 19, 2020 at 11:39 am EDT

A paramedic stands in the ambulance bay of Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, on Saturday, June 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

TORONTO – The Ontario Hospital Association says the province has hit the critical mark of 150 COVID-19 patients in its intensive care units.

Earlier this month, medical experts advising the government noted that the figure would mark a point where Ontario hospitals have to begin cancelling surgeries.

RELATED: Ontario Hospitals Association ‘extremely concerned’ with new COVID-19 projections

The CEO of the hospital association says all regions are reporting increased admissions.

Premier Doug Ford said Wednesday that further restrictions are coming in virus hot spots because hospitals are reaching capacity.

Ford says he expects to announce the new restrictions for Toronto, Peel, and York Region Friday.

ICU physician, Dr. Michael Warner has taken to Twitter to sound the alarm — telling the Ford government it needs to make a move now.

“This means we’re going to have to limit access to non-COVID related care. Cancel surguries, cancel cancer surgeries, cancel hip replacements, knee replacements. We don’t want to do this — we can’t do this. People will die if we do this,” Warner said.

According to Warner, at the peak of the first wave of COVID-19 in April, there were over 1,200 patients in the ICU across the province, including 263 patients with the virus.


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