THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre expects to receive its first southern Ontario intensive care unit COVID-19 patient on Wednesday.
A spokesperson for the hospital confirmed the transfer is to take place, saying it's common practice, adding that Thunder Bay Regional sent patients to southern Ontario earlier in the pandemic.
Dr. Michael Werner, a medical doctor and health-care consultant, on Tuesday tweeted a screen shot of a spread sheet that shows the patient will be coming from Humber River Hospital in North York, Ont.,
According to provincial government statistics, there are currently 875 patients related to COVID-19 in Ontario ICUs, with 589 on ventilators due to COVID-related illnesses.
The province last week warned hospitals across Ontario to prepare for patient transfers, as intensive care units reached capacity, and told them to halt all non-urgent, non-emergency surgeries to free up space and resources.