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3,510 new cases of virus recorded; admissions to ICUs climbed to 877, another pandemic high in Ontario

Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, is holding a briefing on the COVID-19 situation in the province at 3 p.m. ET.

CBC News is carrying the news conference live.

Ontario has made a formal request to the Canadian Armed Forces for help in dealing with a surge in critical care cases associated with COVID-19, just days after it rebuffed an offer by the federal government to send in extra personnel.

In a statement Monday, a spokesperson for Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said the province has “made a request for the assistance of those identified resources, many of whom reside, for example, within the Canadian Armed Forces and Canadian Red Cross organizations.”

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“In addition to health human resources, we are requesting logistical and operational support as we seek to augment our response to COVID-19,” the statement from Jones’s press secretary Stephen Warner said.

Speaking to reporters, Jones said the request, made Friday, did not request a specific number of personnel.

“What we are looking for is very specialized nurses that can help out in our intensive care unit beds and medical personnel that can assist our hospitals that are seeing disturbing rises in cases of COVID-19,” she said.



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