Public Health Ontario confirmed 315 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. This is the second time in a week the daily caseload addition exceeded the 300-mark, and continues a province-wide rise in cases.
Toronto, Peel Region, and Ottawa remain hot spots, while spikes were reported in both York and Durham Regions. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) reported eight cases on Wednesday, six of which were in Barrie. The other two in Bradford-West Gwillimbury.
Locally, numbers have continued to trend upward as well, especially in Barrie, where there have been 35 cases reported in the last week alone. There were 26 throughout August.
This rise in numbers, locally and provincially, has brought about some very serious chatter about the possibility of a second wave. This means there could be further demand for PPE supplies. Luckily, Barrie’s hospital is prepared. “One of the government’s criteria to move forward is that we have a 30-day supply on-hand,” said Dr. Chris Tebbutt, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre’s (RVH) Vice President of Academic and Medical Affairs. “Currently we have a 30+ day supply of all PPE supplies, including our N95 masks.”
Tebbutt pointed out that ramping up procedures at RVH led to an obvious increase in PPE usage at the hospital. The health centre went from using about 2,000 surgical masks a day to more than 6,000 now that clinics and services have begun to ramp up once again.
“We continue to closely monitor our PPE, including masks, and right now our supply is stable,” he added. “We need to continue to conserve supplies to ensure our healthcare workers always have the supplies they need to keep themselves and their patients safe.”
Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 remain consistent locally. The SMDHU reported one more person has been admitted to local hospital since Tuesday’s update, with two overall. There have been no more than two people in local hospital at any given time since the beginning of June, but health officials have noted an uptick in hospitalizations province-wide. Seven more people were admitted to hospital across Ontario since Tuesday, with three more people in an ICU for treatment.