COVID-19: an Ontario hospital builds a temporary unit to receive patients

A Burlington, Ontario hospital is building a temporary COVID-19 unit in anticipation of the expected arrival of a wave of patients.
The hospital says Joseph Brant building structure on the site of the hospital will have 93 beds.

The hospital’s chief of staff, Dr. Ian Preyra, said the pandemic response unit will allow the hospital to continue its intensive care for the sickest patients.

The Ministry of Health also authorizes all public hospitals to rent or acquire temporary spaces in institutions or other buildings such as hotels or retirement homes.

The ministry says hospitals could use these spaces to house patients with COVID-19 or other illnesses.

Hayley Chazan, spokesperson for Minister of Health Christine Elliott, said that while Ontario is working to contain the COVID-19 epidemic, hospitals have a critical need to maximize their capacity.

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