Due to the continuous increase in hospitalization caused by the COVID-19 epidemic, Ontario Health Department of Canada issued two emergency orders on the evening of April 9 local time. First, it allows hospitals to forcibly transfer patients to other hospitals for treatment if there are too many patients, resulting in insufficient medical facilities. Second, the government will force hospitals and nursing institutions. Professional staff are temporarily redeployed. This is the first time that Ontario has issued such an order since the outbreak. Before that, if the hospital transfers the patient to the hospital, it needs to obtain the patient’s consent.
In an order issued, Christine Elliott, the director of the Ontario Department of Health said, “In the aftermath of the third coronavirus epidemic, Ontario hospitals are facing unprecedented shortages in emergency care capacity. The government takes urgent action to make our response capacity and available resources available.
Through the above two emergency orders, Ontario’s intensive care beds can be increased to more than 1,000, and Ontario’s total number of inpatient beds is more than 3,100.
On April 9, the data released by the Ontario government showed that the total number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 was 552, and 359 were in intensive care. It is reported that the statistics do not include patients who have been hospitalized for COVID-19, tested negative after treatment, but need to continue to receive intensive care due to other diseases.