One Toronto doctor says he's noticed positive changes in the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU admissions he's seen in just the past few weeks.
Dr. Kashif Pirzada, an emergency room doctor working in the Greater Toronto Area, told Narcity that he's witnessed "such a dramatic shift" take place, which he attributes to the current measures in place.
"There's a big difference from even two weeks ago. Two to three weeks ago, it was almost like jumping into a war zone. There was people sick everywhere, ambulances piling up. [...] I think in the first two hours of my shift at one ER, I saw 25 people who were seriously ill with COVID," said Pirzada.
"There was such a dramatic shift in the last two to three weeks. I think that's the sign of the measures working. We're still seeing people here and there, but it's starting to slow quite a bit," he continued.
However, "we can be optimistic but we shouldn't let our guard down," Pirzada warned. In fact, he suggests extending the stay-at-home order in Ontario to avoid another surge in cases. "ICUs are still filled to the gills. There's no margin for error. [...] We can celebrate but we shouldn't relax right now."
"I would say that given the number of cases is so high still, the number of hospitalizations and ICU overload and so on, I would be surprised if things open up at the end of May. They may open partially."
The doctor warns that the government doesn't want to rush Ontario's reopening plan when the time comes. "Certainly, we don't want to open prematurely and end up with a fourth wave. That is the last thing we need."
King Hopkins Pet Hospital in Whitby says that several staff members have been let go over a TikTok video that was posted of an injured cat in their care.
The video, which has been shared on Facebook, shows one individual holding the cat up to the camera and making it "dance" by shaking it around, while the cat has a cone around its neck and a bandage on its arm with an IV attached to it.
"We apologize to those who saw this extremely unacceptable video, and please be assured that appropriate actions will be taken to those involved," the pet hospital said in a Facebook statement on May 5.
Dr. Black, the owner of the clinic, followed up with another statement, writing, "I have dismissed the individuals involved in the incident and I will ensure that your trust is regained. These individuals are not the only ones paying the price. I am, and so is the rest of the hospital."
"We had no idea this video was made and consequently posted [on] social media," she continued. "Rest assured we continue to love and care for your pets the best way possible."
King Hopkins has faced "a lot of backlash"
The pet hospital's manager, Tyler Dooks, told the Toronto Sun that they've dealt with a flood of "disgusted" callers since the video was posted.
"People call to say they are disgusted — and we are, too," said Dooks. "There has been a lot of backlash and some people are threatening."
The outlet reports that three staff members were involved, one of whom had worked at the pet hospital for two years, the other two for a year.
"We completely respect and understand the outrage this has caused, and we want people to know we are just as shocked and offended as the majority of the public," said Dooks to Northumberland News.