Military teams are being deployed in Ontario hospitals to deal with surge of COVID-19 patients

Air force will also begin flying in extra medical staff offered by other provinces

The Canadian Armed Forces is sending up to three medical teams to Ontario to support hospitals overwhelmed by COVID-19.

The feds made the announcement Monday evening in response to a request from Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones for specialized nurses to assist in intensive care, as well as other medical personnel.

The small team from the Canadian Forces was announced on the same day the first patient was admitted to a “last resort” field hospital at Toronto’s Sunnybrook hospital, which admits patients when there are no more beds left within the building.

It also came a day after it was revealed that a 13-year-old girl in Brampton died at home last week after contracting COVID-19.

Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair said the military will be deploying “multi-purpose medical assistance teams” comprised of nursing officers, medical technicians and other Canadian Forces members for general support.

The troops being deployed are expected to number three dozen or more.

In addition, the air force will begin flying in extra medical staff offered to Ontario by other provinces.

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