Ontario's health minister is coming under fire after comparing the province's COVID-19 response to that of Alberta, suggesting that Ontario hospitals are faring much better than other Canadian jurisdictions as a result. "You have to quarantine for 14-days, we want to knock that down".
"This was also the case pre-COVID-19", read the statement. We now have 618 people in the hospital with the virus and 168 in the ICU.
The statement adds some ICU rooms at South Health Campus in Calgary were also created to safely accommodate two patients.
Though the provincial government considered the option of cordoning off shelves of non-essential items available in big box stores that are only meant to be open to sell essentials like groceries, Ford and his team have ultimatly decided against the dramatic move.
"Calgary Zone is not now "double-bunking", however it is part of the surge plan in that zone as well".
Premier Doug Ford is set to make an announcement in Vaughan, Ont. this afternoon at 1 p.m.
"I'm really pushing it because if you can land and you can get tested right away and then you get tested, I think it's five to seven days later, and they both come out negative, you should be able to go on your way". So I'm not going to judge Premier Kenney.
During Question Period on Wednesday, Christine Elliott defended the Progressive Conservative government's handling of the pandemic by pointing to Alberta's controversial practice of doubling up patients in intensive care rooms as a way to manage the strain from COVID-19.
Albert has seen a surge in cases in recent weeks.
There are 16,628 Albertans battling COVID-19, with 479 of them in hospital, including 97 in ICU.
Ontario is reporting 1,723 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, an increase from 1,707 cases the day before.