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Ontario hospitals 'ready for whatever happens' as COVID-19 admittances spike: Elliott

Last Updated Mar 30, 2021 at 1:08 pm EDT

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Despite rising hospital and ICU admissions amid a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott contends there’s enough beds for whoever needs one.

“We have built in all the capacity in order to make sure that everyone who needs to be in hospital will be treated appropriately,” she said on Tuesday.

“We’ve built up the number of ICU beds, we’re also ready to create field hospitals, mobile field hospitals — one is ready to go at Sunnybrook — and there’s another one that can be created in Hamilton. We knew there would be an increase in COVID hospitalizations and we planned for that and we’ve added over $5 billion to support for our public hospitals since the beginning of this pandemic and so we’re ready for whatever happens.”

NDP leader Andrea Horwath took aim at the Elliott’s comments.

“To suggest that we’re simply going to throw up a bunch of field hospitals to deal with the increasing cases is pretty troubling,” Horwath responded. “Field hospitals are physical structures, but we need people. You need nurses and doctors.”

When asked about rising ICU admissions on Monday, Premier Doug Ford said: “We’re keeping a very sharp eye on it. Fifty per cent of the cases are with younger people now and I got a message to the young folks, guys this party is not over. You’ve got to make sure you follow the protocols, follow the guidelines.”