Ontario COVID Patients Can Now Be Moved to Other Hospitals Without Consent – Full Update

Ontario COVID Patients Can Now Be Moved to Other Hospitals Without Consent – Full Update

The province is taking emergency action to try to deal with the surging number of seriously ill COVID-19 patients being admitted to hospital. The government has issued two emergency orders — one to allow hospitals to transfer patients without their consent and the other to redeploy home-care workers to the facilities. Health Minister Christine Elliott says the third wave, fueled by more transmissible COVID-19 variants, has pushed the province’s hospitals to their limits. Both orders remain in effect for at least two weeks. They come as Ontario hospitals begin ramping down elective surgeries and non-urgent procedures starting today, to ensure they can treat COVID patients.

Elective and Non-Urgent Surgeries Are Ramping Down in Ontario Starting Today:

Hospitals in Ontario will start winding down elective surgeries and non-urgent procedures today to improve capacity and treat more COVID-19 patients. Health Minister Christine Elliott said Friday that could increase intensive-care unit capacity in Ontario by up to one-thousand patient beds. Yesterday Ontario reported 605 people were in ICU. There were 4-456 new COVID-19 cases in the province yesterday, marking a new single-day high for new infections.

Ontario Now Vaccinating in Hot Spot Areas:

Hundreds of people have started getting vaccines in some of Ontario’s COVID-19 hot spots. Inoculations are still being offered according to age in most regions, but the province wants to accelerate the effort in cities and neighbourhoods with high infection rates. A pop-up clinic in Toronto’s Thorncliffe Park neighbourhood is drawing residents who lined up for as long as four hours to get their first shot. Some getting the jab have been as young as 22.

Migrant Workers are Getting Free Moderna Shots When They Land in Toronto:

An Ontario pilot project offering COVID-19 vaccines to migrant farm workers got underway on Saturday at Pearson airport. Shots of the Moderna vaccine were given to more than 200 workers arriving from Mexico after they took a mandatory COVID-19 test. The government says it plans to follow up with farms to administer the second dose through the local public health unit.

Vaccination Update:

The provinces are reporting 205,920 new vaccinations administered yesterday for a total of 7,991,727 doses given. Nationwide, 797,265 people or just 2.1 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. Ontario is reporting 94,794 new vaccinations administered for a total of 3,139,743 doses given. There were zero new vaccines delivered to Ontario this weekend. 4,028,725 doses have been delivered so far. That means Ontario has enough vaccines to give just 27 per cent of the population a single dose.

More Pharmacies to Offer AstraZeneca:

Ontario is doubling the number of pharmacies involved in the provincial vaccine effort. The province says 700 new pharmacies in COVID-19 hot spots will start offering the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as soon as this coming week, bringing the total number to 1,400. It says the expansion will help vaccinate those 55 or older, who are currently the only ones cleared to receive the AstraZeneca shot. The province says it hopes to add another 100 pharmacies to the vaccine effort by the end of the month.

Violent Protests in Montreal Last Night:

Hundreds of mostly young people took to the streets of Montreal last night to protest the provincial government moving the curfew up to 8 o’clock to stem the spread of COVID-19. Things started out in peaceful defiance with music, dancing and chants of freedom for the young. But things quickly turned violent in the city’s old quarter with some lighting a garbage fire in Jacques Cartier Square. Police used tear gas to break things up and dozens of protesters scattered, lighting fires in intersections and smashing windows.

Protests in Alberta Over COVID-19 Protocols:

Hundreds of people gathered outside an Alberta church charged with refusing to follow COVID-19 health rules. It was the first Sunday since GraceLife Church was shut down and fenced off by Alberta Health Services. An estimated 500 people gathered outside to oppose pandemic regulations and show support. GraceLife Church and its pastor, James Coates, are charged under the Public Health Act for holding services that break health restrictions related to capacity, physical distancing and masking. Dozens of police officers monitored the large crowd as they sang hymns and prayed for the church to re-open.

NDP Slams Liberal COVID-19 Response:

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says the Liberals have failed in their response to COVID-19. The New Democrats ended their problem-plagued three-day policy convention with an attack on the Liberals. Computer glitches, delays and accusations overshadowed much of the first two days of their virtual meeting. Singh delivered a message of fair treatment, financial relief, while pointing to Liberal shortcomings on pandemic response and wealth distribution. Singh’s focus on the Grits stood in contrast to remarks from the prime minister. Justin Trudeau made no mention of New Democrats in his keynote speech at a Liberal convention.

Canucks Will Get More Time Off:

The Vancouver Canucks’ anticipated return to work has been delayed at least another day. The NHL announced yesterday that due to an additional Canucks player being in the league’s COVID-19 protocols, the team’s practice facilities will not open until today at the earliest. 25, including 21 players and four members of the coaching staff, have tested positive for the virus during the outbreak. The Canucks earliest return to play will be Friday against Edmonton.

Canadian COVID-19 Numbers:

There were over 7,600 new confirmed COVID-19 cases reported nationwide Sunday, bringing the total number to more than 1,060,000. The number of current active cases in Canada tops 73,000. The country’s leading hot spot continues to be its most populous province — Ontario — with a record 4,400 new cases Sunday. Quebec was next with over 1,500 new infections, followed by Alberta with nearly 1,200. British Columbia didn’t have its report available Sunday, but Saskatchewan reported 321 new cases and Manitoba 112. No new cases were reported in the territories, PEI, or Newfoundland and Labrador, but there were five new cases in Nova Scotia and nine in New Brunswick.

Ontario Numbers:

It was not a good weekend in the battle against COVID-19 in Ontario. Yesterday the province reported 4,456 new cases, in addition to the 3,813 new cases on Saturday. Numbers are now exceeding those of the first wave last Spring. There were 40 new deaths over the weekend. Hospital capacity is reaching critical mass. As of yesterday there are 1,513 receiving in-patient care. 605 ICU beds are being used for COVID-19 patients.

 Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:

Waterloo Region Public Health announced 51 new cases yesterday and 80 on Saturday. Despite the higher than average numbers, the Region remains well below the provincial average and active cases remained under 500. There are now 475 active cases with 18 people hospitalized and 4 in the intensive care unit. The death toll is at 244.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health doesn’t report numbers on weekends. On Friday they announced 87 new cases. There were 16 in Wellington, 19 in Dufferin and 47 in Guelph. There are now 441 active cases with 5 people hospitalized. 4 are in the ICU. The death toll remains at 106.

Contains files from The Canadian Press

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