Erie Shores urges people to be COVID-19 cautious as hospital already operating above capacity – CBC

Hospital says in the last two days it has 5 COVID positive patients

Aug 10, 2022

Erie Shores HealthCare is urging people to be cautious with COVID-19 as some cases are taking up beds that are “urgently needed” in the hospital.

In a news release Wednesday, the Leamington hospital said it is already at 122 per cent occupancy.

The hospital said that earlier this week it didn’t have any positive or suspected COVID-19 cases, but as of Wednesday it has five. Four of the patients are being treated for the disease.

According to the most recent data from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU), as of Aug. 4 there were 339 new high risk COVID-19 cases in the community and six new deaths. There are 109 high risk cases that are active.

WECHU updates its COVID-19 data every Thursday at noon.

As of Wednesday morning, Erie Shores HealthCare said it had 12 people in the emergency department waiting for a bed and limited beds available for patients who need treatment.

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