TORONTO – Ontario’s top doctor is set to give an update today on COVID-19 in the province as the Omicron variant puts increasing pressure on healthcare systems.
Dr. Kieran Moore is expected to hold his weekly briefing on the status of the pandemic at 3 p.m.
The update comes as officials in some regions report that health centers are unable to keep up with the increase in demand for tests.
The Ottawa Department of Public Health has asked residents who have symptoms but cannot access timely testing to assume they are infected and self-isolate.
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Similar strain on testing resources was reported in Kingston last week, and other health units have said they are bracing for the same problems.
Meanwhile, the Unity Health hospital network in Toronto says it has made the “difficult decision” to pause nonessential outpatient care and surgical procedures, with the exception of urgent cases.
“At this time, we must focus all of our efforts, our people and our resources on caring for our patients and ensure that we have the capacity to meet the demands of the pandemic,” said Tim Rutledge, president and CEO of the network, it’s a statement. .
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