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Ontario’s health minister says six emergency departments in the province had to be closed over the weekend, but argues the situation is not unprecedented.
Sylvia Jones made the remarks as the legislature reopened on Monday and said the government was working to ensure residents had adequate local hospital access.
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Two hospitals in the Ottawa area and one in Gray County were among those that closed their emergency departments briefly over the weekend.
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During the temporary shutdown, hospitals sent patients to nearby emergency departments.
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Hospitals have said that severe shortages of staff as well as COVID-19 infections and irritation among health care workers are to blame for the temporary closures.
Last week, an executive from Ontario Health, which oversees the province’s health system, described the current situation in hospitals as unprecedented.
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