The 6ix sticks together! In an effort to support health workers in the city during this pandemic, the City of Toronto has announced it is teaming up with the Toronto Transit Commission and Paramedic Services in order to transform some of their TTC buses for patients. The buses will be used in collaboration with existing emergency vehicles.\nAccording to a statement released by the city on Tuesday, April 21, five buses have been decommissioned and went under a total makeover in order to be used to transport patients on stretchers and those requiring ventilators.\nThe great thing about the reno is that each bus is able to hold up to three patients that require stretchers, 10 that need the ambulance in any circumstance even keeping in mind social distancing, as well as three paramedics and a driver.\n"I am extremely proud of this partnership between the TTC and Paramedics to repurpose decommissioned buses for emergency transport," says Mayor John Tory via the statement which was also shared onto Twitter.\n"This was brought together at wartime speed, and responds to an urgent need and will help the ill and vulnerable in Toronto immediately," he adds.\nThe measure is just the latest emergency action taken by Tory and the city.\nI am extremely proud of this partnership between the TTC and Paramedics to repurpose decommissioned buses for emergency transport. This was brought together at wartime speed, and responds to an urgent need and will help the ill and vulnerable in Toronto immediately. pic.twitter.com/eO41pSB0By— John Tory (@JohnTory) April 21, 2020\nAccording to the statement, the buses underwent their transformation on April 20 and will be on the streets soon enough, as and when needed.\nThe city and the TTC are still working on adding two more buses to this scheme.\nThe vehicles will be driven by TTC drivers, allowing vital paramedics will be taking care of the medical needs of their patients.\nThe #TTC is providing a critical service to keep our City running in these uncertain times. As Chair, I am pleased to announce that five retired buses will be repurposed to safely transport patients, in partnership with @TorontoMedics. For more, visit: https://t.co/pzV4u6DHAd pic.twitter.com/rpZvzQfBzl— Jaye Robinson (@JayeRobinson) April 21, 2020\n"Essential workers, first responders, and healthcare professionals at the forefront of our fight against COVID-19 rely on the TTC get to and from work safely every day," read a statement from TTC chair and Toronto councillor Jaye Robinson.\n"This innovative partnership with Toronto Paramedics is one more way the TTC is committed to helping our city stop the spread of COVID-19."\nThe TTC has made countless efforts to aid in the push for social distancing among its vehicles, even placing tape to stop people from sitting too close.\nThere has been a noted decline in community spread in the city, along with hospitalizations. Toronto is giving thanks to those practicing social distancing, washing their hands frequently and staying home.\nAs for the province, Ontario health officials say we are currently dealing with what they call the "best-case scenario" as we've already reached the peak of cases in the region.\nHowever, despite all this optimistic news, Ontarians are still urged to continue practicing social distancing as much as possible in order to continue experiencing fewer cases.