It appears that some Ontario hospitals are taking new measures to prep for an expected influx of COVID-19 patients. Both Etobicoke General Hospital and Brampton Civic Hospital have set up massive tents outside of their buildings this week in an attempt to expand their treatment space. The tents were provided by GlobalMedic, a charity organization that offers global disaster relief services.
William Osler Health System released a statement, in which it explained that the tents were being installed as an emergency safety measure.
The company states that these new structures will be used for patients who may require medical attention, but do not have COVID-19.
"The temporary Emergency Department triage structures, which will remain vacant until they are needed, can be used to provide added capacity for Osler's Emergency Departments should the need arise. They will provide a dedicated space for triaging patients who may require emergency care and will support the safety of patients who do not have COVID-19," read the press release.
Ontario confirmed another 309 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, which brought the total number of provincial cases in the province to 4,347.
The GTA's public health units currently account for a whopping 51.9% of all positive cases of the virus.
In the release, Kiki Ferrari, the Executive Vice President of Clinical Operations at William Osler Health System, commented on the new measures taking place within the hospitals.
Team Effort! Our volunteers, along with help from @BramptonFireES and city public works crews, have just completed… https://t.co/MurJLOtRAh— GlobalMedic (@GlobalMedic)1586040140.0
"While we are currently managing capacity well, this tent is being installed as one of the many proactive steps Osler is taking to ensure we are well prepared to care for an increasing number of patients in the time ahead," Ferrari said.
"The health and safety of patients, staff, physicians, volunteers, and our community is a top priority, and increased capacity will enable us to continue to provide quality health care even as the situation evolves," she continued.
Another Team Effort! Today we can thank @Toronto_Fire and the HUSAR team for helping our amazing volunteers set up… https://t.co/WBgFiUJ0KW— GlobalMedic (@GlobalMedic)1586214857.0
Premier Doug Ford warned residents during a press conference last week that Ontario was likely to experience a "surge" in COVID-19 cases.
However, the provincial leader did not provide an exact date on when the incline would come. Ford also mentioned that there is little separating Ontario's situation from those in Italy and Spain. Both European countries have seen death tolls that have exceeded 9,000.