Ontario announced 4,456 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday – a new record in the province.
The number of daily cases also increased to 4,227 from 3,813 on Saturday Friday.
The province also reported 21 additional deaths.
New cases reported Sunday include 1,353 in Toronto, 860 in the Peel region, 444 in the York region, 329 in the Durham region and 377 in Ottawa, Health Minister Christine Elliott said.
As of 8 p.m. Saturday, 3,139,743 vaccines had been administered.
The seven-day average rose from 3,371 on Saturday to 3,573 cases again.
Nearly 600 patients in ICUs with COVID related disease
As of Saturday, there were 593 patients in the ICU of the province with COVID-related illness. According to Anthony Dale, President of the Ontario Hospital Association.
The number of patients increased 77 Friday And Saturday 61, Dale said.
The latest OHA figures come a day before provincial orders for hospitals to halt emergency surgeries come into effect.
A memo was sent to hospitals Thursday night asking them to postpone their emergency surgeries, starting Monday, everywhere but in northern Ontario. Pediatric hospitals are excluded from the queue.
As a result of the first such adjournment in March 2020, the province a Appendix of more than 245,000 procedures.
“The impact of the third wave of the epidemic on planned surgeries and procedures depends on the intensity and duration of the current COVID-19 outbreak,” an Ontario Health spokeswoman told CBC News via email.
“These are very difficult and challenging times for all Ontarians,” the spokesman said. “We are constantly monitoring and will be back as soon as possible.”
Bring in ICU nurses from outside the province to help GTA, says Toronto Complex Care Physician
Dr. Michael Warner, Medical Director of Medical Care at Michael Coron Hospital in Toronto, Posted a video on Twitter On Saturday Ontario called for the removal of jurisdictions so that critical care nurses from across the country would be brought into the GTA to assist.
On paper, Warner said there are about 2,300 ICU beds in Ontario.
However, in practice, “very few” because there are not enough ICU nurses trained for them in the province.
“Unfortunately, the situation is going to get much worse,” he said.
Ontario urgently needs ICU RN and other trained health workers.
As of Sunday morning, Sikits Hospital now has five-year-old patients with Covit-19 in its ICU, and the hospital’s president and CEO, Dr. Ronald Cohn, said he expects two more adults at the end of the day.
“I’m afraid it’s going to get a little worse before it gets better,” Cohn said on CBC’s Rosemary Parton Live.
Cohn assured the audience that Sikkits has been carefully modeled and will have “very little impact on any matter related to child health care”.
The hospital is used to treat respiratory problems in older youth, so “it doesn’t make a big difference from a physiological point of view,” he said.
I’m afraid it will get a little worse before it gets better– Dr. Ronald Cohn, Sikits Hospital
However, Cohn said there are several neighborhood hospitals in the children’s hospital.
“Whenever we think we need help … they’re just a phone call,” he said.
Badly sick patients can be moved to hospitals in Sikkim or Kingston and go abroad, Warner said, but “we will eventually leave the evacuation areas because we do not have enough trained staff to care for them.”
During a Greater Toronto area test, places like Halifax said they could not “walk” and urged Warner County to “go further than this”, citing selected footage.
Cohn said redeploying health workers was “a real reality we have to face,” which is not a concern for Sikhs at the moment.
Melanie Gautier, president and director of the Eastern Region of the Canadian Critical Care Nurses Association, told CBC News Sunday morning that Warner’s proposal was “certainly interesting.”
“One of the key things we need to understand is that critical care nurses across the country are actually trained very differently,” said Gauthier, who works as a critical care nurse at the Royal Victoria Hospital at McGill University Health Center. .
“I’m not saying this is not possible, however, there are many different aspects to this that we need to consider,” he said.
ICU nurses are ‘overburdened’ and ‘tired’, says union president
It is important to recognize the number of cases of infections that have been on ICU nurses across the country for more than a year, Kautier said.
While many strategies have been implemented in their favor, the reality is that they have the greater responsibility for caring for ill patients.
“It’s a lot of responsibility,” Kautier said, adding that they feel “too much of a burden” and “it has caused them a lot of harm.”
Recognition for that job is good, but many have now had more than a year with very little time left for themselves, and there are some concerns about the “evacuation of nurses” after the outbreak.
“Many of them actually went out during epidemics because of the emotional number and physical exhaustion,” he said.
If there is one thing that can help, the public should continue to respect and follow public health guidelines, Kuttier said.
“Take it seriously,” she said. “It’s very encouraging for some nurses to see large crowds in the parks, especially in good weather.”