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COVID-19: Windsor hospitals under strain, asking public for help, patience

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In August, hospitals across the province began rolling out vaccine mandates and policies and many threatened unpaid leave and potential termination for those staff members not willing to get vaccinated for COVID-19. In Windsor, more than 170 hospital employees are locked out and suspended without pay. Morganne Campbell reports – Sep 23, 2021

WINDSOR, Ont. – Health officials in southwestern Ontario are warning the public about strained acute care and hospital capacity issues.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit – along with three local hospitals and the local paramedics – say there’s been a recent surge in both COVID-19 patients and other respiratory ailments.

They say patients should expect wait times and treatment for anything other than emergencies will be much longer than usual.

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They are asking patients who do not have emergencies to seek care elsewhere, such as family doctors and clinics, to help alleviate the hospitals.

They say they are also seeing a dramatic increase in young children with severe respiratory issues needing an immediate higher level of care.

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The group says during the last two months the Windsor Regional Hospital had to transfer 11 children with respiratory syncytial virus to either London, Ont., or Detroit hospitals.

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