WINDSOR, Ont. – Health officials in southwestern Ontario are warning the public about hospital capacity issues and strained acute care.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, along with three local hospitals and local paramedics, say there has been a recent increase in both COVID-19 patients and other respiratory ailments.
They say that patients should expect wait times and that treatment for anything other than emergencies will be much longer than usual.
They ask non-emergency patients to seek care elsewhere, such as family doctors and clinics, to help ease hospitals.
They say they are also seeing a dramatic increase in young children with severe breathing problems who need an immediate higher level of care.
The group says that over the past two months, Windsor Regional Hospital had to transfer 11 children with respiratory syncytial virus to hospitals in London, Ontario or Detroit.
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