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Thunder Bay hospital stands by for more patient transfers from southern Ontario

The hospital has received two patient transfers to date.
Thunder Bay Regoinal Health Sciences Centre

THUNDER BAY — Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre has increased its Intensive Care Unit capacity, as requested by the Critical Care Services Ontario Command Table.

So far, however, it has only received two patient transfers from southern Ontario where ICUs are under strain because of the rising prevalence of COVID-19.

Last week, provincial officials asked TBRHSC to increase its ICU ventilator capacity to 30, as a precaution.

The hospital said it expected to add the requested four additional beds by this past weekend.

On Monday, however, it reported that it has accepted only two transfers to date.

"TBRHSC is prepared with contingency plans for potentially receiving more patient transfers from other parts of the province," the hospital said in a statement.

As of Monday, the hospital had four COVID-19 patients in its ICU, as well as four other admitted patients receiving treatment for the virus.

The current overall hospital occupancy is 76 per cent.

Across Ontario, the most recent data shows there are 889 people with COVID-related illness being treated in intensive care units, including 611 on ventilators. 

Ontario reported 3,436 new COVID-19 cases on Monday.