COVID-19 Outbreaks in Police and Transit Services Fueled by Omicron Variant

Canada’s most populous provinces face staff shortages in healthcare and long-term care as Canada continues to face record numbers of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations related to highly transmissible variant of Omicron.

Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé said the health system is missing around 20,000 workers infected or exposed to the virus and added that the government is working with unions to find more staff to treat around 2,500 patients. COVID-19.

Health officials are reporting 1,953 other hospitalizations related to COVID-19, an increase of nearly 12% from the previous day.

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In Ontario, outbreaks are hitting long-term care homes, resulting in staff absences of 20 to 30 percent in some areas.

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Long-Term Care Minister Rod Phillips said there were outbreaks in 186 homes in 30 of Ontario’s 34 public health units.

He says staffing is a concern, but notes that long-term care is affected differently from hospitals, which still have new admissions despite being understaffed.


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COVID-19 Causing Staff Shortages and Impacts on Services to City of Calgary


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Growing cases of the Omicron variant are also putting pressure on some police and transit services across the country.

With 170 staff on leave related to COVID-19, the Winnipeg Police Department declared a state of internal emergency on Wednesday. Edmonton and Calgary Police Services have warned of staffing issues after growing numbers of employees have tested positive or isolated.

GO Transit of Ontario has said a temporary reduction in train and bus services in the GTA and Hamilton areas is expected to begin in days due to staff shortages due to COVID-19.

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Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announced Wednesday that Ottawa will distribute 140 million rapid tests across the country this month, four times the number delivered in December.

Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said restrictions on molecular lab testing mean there is no way of knowing exactly how many cases of COVID-19 there really are in Canada. .

The latest figures from Health Canada indicate that the Omicron variant has fueled 344,140 active cases across the country.

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