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Surgeries could resume more slowly in Thunder Bay

Hospital says it will restart procedures “cautiously,” saying the city lags behind encouraging provincial trends.
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THUNDER BAY – Less urgent medical procedures that were allowed to resume by the provincial government Thursday are expected to ramp back up more slowly in Thunder Bay than elsewhere in Ontario.

In a statement Friday, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre said that’s because the city lags behind encouraging trends occurring at the provincial level.

“Provincially, while COVID-19 case incidence and hospitalizations show steady decline, trending in the Northwest has not declined and as such requires that TBRHSC enter Phase 2 of the restart more cautiously,” it stated.

The hospital will take a “gradual, cautious and balanced approach” as it works to achieve the provincial phase 2 target of resuming 70 per cent of previous surgical and procedural activity, it said.

There were 47 people in hospital with COVID-19 on Friday. After hitting a peak of 59 on Feb. 1, that figure has remained below 50 throughout this week.

The hospital reported its medical/surgical occupancy at 101.9 per cent Friday, and its ICU capacity at 90.9 per cent.


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