The federal government says it will deploy two Mobile Health Units (MHU) to the Greater Toronto Area in response to the province’s request for assistance.
The announcement was made Friday (Jan. 22) and the units will be available to Ontario until May 1, depending on the COVID-19 caseload and ICU capacity.
Update: We’re deploying two Mobile Health Units to the GTA. By providing up to 200 additional hospital beds and freeing up space for people who need critical care, this will help relieve pressure on Ontario’s strained hospital capacity. Get the details: https://t.co/1GG49ULARz https://t.co/cBUa4or3Pa
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 22, 2021
“The Government of Canada purchased these Mobile Health Units as part of our overall preparedness plan to help protect the health and safety of Canadians,” said Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada. “We will continue to collaborate with the provinces and territories to ensure they have the equipment and supplies needed to carry on the fight against COVID-19.”
The MHU should relieve pressure on Ontario’s strained hospital capacity by providing additional hospital beds and facilitate the transfer of non-critical care patients out of critical care.
Each MHU has the capacity to include 100 hospital beds.
The units will be staffed by the province.