During today’s announcement of the stay-at-home order, Premiere Doug Ford stated patients are being transferred “hundreds of kilometers” from home for treatment.
He also said ICU’s are becoming full and patients are being transferred to other hospitals throughout the province.
SaultOnline reached out to Sault Area Hospital to see if we are receiving patients from outside of Algoma.
Brandy Sharp Young, communications manager for Sault Area Hospital, responded by e-mail to our inquiry.
“Every day the Ontario Critical Care Command Centre meets to access all ICU bed inventory across the Province. Their work is to determine areas of need and areas of availability to ensure patients receive the care they require,” said Sharp Young.
“SAH, as part of the provincial system, is open to accepting patients when called upon. Patients who may be transferred to SAH could be patients with COVID-19 or without COVID-19. At this time, SAH has accepted patients from outside of Algoma. Due to confidentiality and privacy, we do not disclose the status of the condition of patients.”
Stay with SaultOnline as we bring you more information on the quickly evolving COVID-19 situation in Sault Ste. Marie.