London hospitals overcapacity as calls to wear masks grow – CBC

Both adult and pediatric hospitals are experiencing record occupancy

Nov 16, 2022

Hospitals in London are grappling with space to treat patients as a record number people fall ill with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), COVID-19 and the flu.

Children’s Hospital was at 115 per cent overall occupancy Tuesday night, the highest number hospital officials at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) said they’ve seen.

Occupancy in the adult emergency of Victoria Hospital and University Hospital were operating above 100 per cent capacity, with pressure on intensive care and other inpatient units.

The Public Health Agency of Canada recently declared the “start of an influenza epidemic” and said the spread is “above expected levels typical of this time of year” in their FluWatch report.

Last week, three people died last from COVID-19 and one person from influzena in the Middlesex-London region, according to the Middlesex-London Health Unit.

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