More patients with COVID-19 are in intensive care units of Ontario’s hospitals than ever before during the pandemic.
Charts from Critical Care Services Ontario show that COVID-19 related ICU admissions rose to 421 on Wednesday.
Anthony Dale, Ontario Hospital Association president and CEO, shared the alarming number on Twitter Wednesday.
421 patients now in ICU with COVID related critical illness on a total census of 1,822. 32 new admissions yesterday. This is the highest number of COVID patients in critical care at one time since the pandemic began. #onhealth #onpoli pic.twitter.com/jHk5m2rhV0
— Anthony Dale (@AnthonyDaleOHA) March 31, 2021
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CCSO’s data has an updated count from the Government of Ontario’s ICU admission tracking, which shows 396 admissions. Daily Hive has reached out to CCSO for comment.
Ontario’s data shows that ICU admissions last peaked at 400 on January 19 during the height of the second wave and peaked just below 260 during the first wave last spring.
Many Toronto doctors took to Twitter Wednesday to discuss the troubling ICU numbers, with some calling for action from the Ontario government.
All-time record high number of patients with Covid in Ontario’s ICUs.
More than one year after the pandemic started. After all we’ve learned.
Biggest knowledge-to-action failure of my career by far. https://t.co/jEJIlmSQZF
— Irfan Dhalla (@IrfanDhalla) March 31, 2021
421 #COVID ICU patients in Ontario.
An all-time high
There are people behind these numbers.
Many have not been protected from exposure risk.
Please stay home if you can.
We can’t wait for @ongov to act.
— Michael Warner (@drmwarner) March 31, 2021
breaking: there are more COVID patients in the ICU than ever in the pandemic this morning. we need government action now –– this isn’t about young people partying, this is social policy failures in motion.
— Andrew Baback Boozary, MD (@drandrewb) March 31, 2021
421🚨 Highest # of people in ICU with #COVID19 in Ontario since the pandemic began.
Not good, but not a surprise😥 pic.twitter.com/V4nidEGOI2
— Dr. Jennifer Kwan (@jkwan_md) March 31, 2021