Study shows dynamic impact of province in COVID-19 diagnosis rates

Ontario has the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases among provinces in Canada but advanced capacity to track and treat patients under investigation is helping save the lives of many of the countrys most vulnerable new research from the University of British Columbia suggests.

The findings published Sept. 3 in PLOS ONE suggest that Ontario and Canadas largest provinces improve networks of active cases particularly in an urban region where there are many frontline workers in close proximity to one another.

The unusual geography of the virus in Ontario means that as the rate of cases increases you also increase the number of people in the community who require ICU care said Frederic Blakey the studys senior author and a professor at the U of G School of Public Health and lead author.

In Ontario National and provincial public health officials are making use of collaborations with health care providers to share resources he said.

Early tweets by the provinces chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam support the researchers claims about its rapid ability to track and treat the provinces most vulnerable population.

Its not uncommon to hear about the work pressures and frustration by healthcare workers on these very demanding patients – especially in close proximity to ones who may carry the virus said Tam who speaks to patients via Airbnb in her home for educational affordable housing hours.

Whereas residents in the rural areas and in the lower grades find it harder to maintain contacts in a sensitive environment and are more likely to become ill.

Located 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of Toronto Ontarios Ontario (322 million) remains the seventh-highest reported total of coronavirus cases in Canada according to the National Institute of Health.

Toronto home to more than 17000 residents has seen daily case numbers rise sharply in recent weeks rising for eight straight days – nearly four times the amount seen five to 10 days ago.

Brian Wilson provincial chief health officer said the province would accelerate efforts to track and treat orderlies and other civilians with COVID-19 after examining a 2016 bylaw passed by the provinces Liberal government.

On Monday Toronto government COO and annual charity Ste Goediger Dickenson a832 cratedies became the highest single-day number of people hospitalized across the country for the illness.

In the northern Niagara police district 1045 cases were confirmed and 178 deaths prompting hospital administrators to send a nurse out with an agenda to send a team to the front line of a dusty east end neighbourhood where a 95-year-old protester became the first person confirmed positive for the new coronavirus.

He returned to hospital after seven days originally thought to have died from the virus. Two days later he was discharged from hospital. What a sign of hope that hes making a way home said his son Glen.

Some recommendations to improve the provinces COVID-19 testing capacity are focused around the University of Toronto which it is critical to expand to serve repeat tests for diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19. Vancouver and Calgary also should attract high-performing investigators to work there said Blakey.

If all two regions are going to remain small then perhaps well have a better chance of having a network working.

Ontarios public health agency is balancing the need to ramp up its testing and understanding the use of social workers to better care for vulnerable populations said Blakey.

To help ensure seniors are coping the province will add an additional 27 to 40 beds through the Blainville-Wentworth community centre and expand theme camps for adults who need more time without facilities.