ONTARIO HAS MORE COVID-19 PATIENTS IN I-C-U THAN AT ANY POINT IN PANDEMIC

Mar 31, 2021

By Bob Komsic

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As Easter approaches and hospitals prepare for overcapacity, Doug Ford says his government will have an announcement tomorrow on possible new restrictions aimed at trying to tackle the third wave.
Critical Care Services Ontario reports 421 patients in intensive care units as of midnight.
Late this morning, the province reported 396 in ICU.
That’s because the government removes a patient from its numbers once they have stopped testing positive even if the patients remains in critical care.
The premier says he’s ”extremely concerned ” about both rising ICU admissions and daily case counts.
There are 2,333 new cases.
785 are in Toronto, 433 in Peel Region and 222 in York.
Asked this morning about the possibility of any further restrictions coming, Ford said ”stay tuned,” adding an announcement will come tomorrow.
Cabinet is set to meet Thursday morning.
Meanwhile, hospital officials expect the number of ICU admissions to keep rising because of the continued spread of variants of concern.
Ontario Hospital Association president Anthony Dale likens the situation in hospitals to a plane about to crash land.
”Right now, the air crew is out instructing the passengers on the best way to protect themselves and prepare for impact.
That is what our health care system is trying to do right now:  prepare for impact and make sure that there’s the maximum probability that people who need access to life-saving care can get it,” says Dale.
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