Ornge activates surge team as Ontario cases top 4,200
Ontario confirmed 32 additional deaths and more than 4,200 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, and the Ornge emergency service is moving into surge response mode.
Unlike in the first and second waves of the pandemic, none of the new deaths were residents of long-term care, a sector where the province first focused its vaccination efforts.
“Ontario is reporting 4,212 cases of #COVID19 and nearly 51,900 tests completed. Locally, there are 1,249 new cases in Toronto, 771 in Peel, 386 in York Region, 276 in Hamilton and 214 in Durham,” Health Minister Christine Elliott tweeted Wednesday. “As of 8 p.m. (Tuesday), 4,131,882 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.”
Ottawa reported 177 new cases Wednesday, Hamilton 276, Niagara 201 and Halton 168.
Hospitals have 2,335 patients with COVID-19, including 790 in intensive care and 566 on ventilators due to the infection.
The Ornge air and land ambulance service said in a tweet that it has activated its Surge Response Team to transport patients from the Greater Toronto Area to create ICU capacity in COVID-19 hot spots.
“We've added additional capacity to our system and activated our Surge Response Team (SRT) to assist with transports from the GTA to create ICU capacity. In partnership with @Yorkparamedics, our SRT will now be able to transport multiple ICU patients using a multi-patient unit.”
Doris Grinspun, CEO of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario, said going forward the province needs to adopt a “vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate” strategy, one that focuses on hard to reach but vulnerable populations.