'Rough days ahead': More virulent third wave takes hold in Ottawa hospitals

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When the COVID-19 pandemic began more than a year ago, health workers in Ottawa were watching devastating reports coming out of hospitals in New York and…
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Article content When the COVID-19 pandemic began more than a year ago, health workers in Ottawa were watching devastating reports coming out of hospitals in New York and bracing for the worst. Today, as a more virulent third wave takes hold, they are listening to anxious health workers in Toronto where COVID-19 cases are increasing rapidly, patients are younger and sicker than before and hospitals are feeling increasing strain. We apologize, but this video has failed to load.

tap here to see other videos from our team. Try refreshing your browser, or 'Rough days ahead': More virulent third wave takes hold in Ottawa hospitals Back to video This time, Ottawa is not far behind. More On This Topic Hospitals fear a surge of younger patients, ICU cases as COVID's third wave starts to break Fear, fatigue and hope: Hospital workers are living the pandemic timeline Even as vaccinations ramp up to record levels in Ontario and a new stay-at-home order takes effect, more contagious and deadly COVID-19 variants have changed the pandemic for the worse and many hospitals are already at capacity. Photo by Luther Caverly / The Queensway Carleton Hospital "Hospitals are definitely under stress," said Dr. Greg Rose, chair of the infection prevention and control committee at Queensway Carleton Hospital.

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Article content "Numbers are going up and we are starting to see the effects of the variants that have been such a major issue in parts of the province. We are only just starting to see them, which means if we do not control spread, we are going to have very rough days ahead for the next few weeks at least." Ottawa seems to be a few weeks behind the Toronto area when it…
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