The latest Ontario COVID-19 data is to be released Thursday morning. Ontario reported 2,333 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday and 15 more deaths linked to the virus.
Ottawa Public Health reported 117 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and one new death. The new figures bring the total number of COVID cases in the city to 17,294 since the pandemic started, and 464 deaths.
Ottawa Public Health, Etches noted, has been reporting new daily cases in the triple digits this week, while the infection rate has doubled since Ottawa was moved from the orange to the red zone two weeks ago.
“So that has clearly not worked.”
The province also had 421 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units — a new high.
More than 150 intensive care unit doctors signed an open letter to Ford, Health Minister Christine Elliott, and chief medical officer Dr. David Williams on Thursday, calling for new, stricter, measures.
“The current measures and framework are not working to contain the spread of this virus,” reads the letter in part. “Even if we had unlimited ICU capacity, allowing these (variants of concern) to spread exponentially is unethical.”
The letter says doctors are seeing younger patients on ventilators, many of whom are parents of school-aged children. It notes people admitted to intensive care have contracted COVID-19 at work or who have followed all the rules and only gone out for groceries.
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