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LIVE: Ontario to resume scheduled surgeries and procedures

Premier Doug Ford says priority will be given to cancer, cardiac-related surgeries

The Ontario government has developed a comprehensive framework to help hospitals assess their readiness and begin planning for the gradual resumption of scheduled surgeries and procedures, while maintaining capacity to respond to COVID-19. Timelines will vary from hospital to hospital and be conditional on approval by regional oversight tables involved with planning and coordinating Ontario's response to COVID-19.

Quick facts:

  • The criteria were developed under the advice and leadership of Ontario Health and reflects guidance from the Surgical and Procedural Planning Committee, whose membership includes a wide range of hospital leaders, health care experts and leading clinicians from across the province.
  • Patients requiring non-emergency care can access physician care through telephone and video services. Patients can contact their physician for details or Telehealth Ontario if they do not have a family doctor.
  • Emergent or urgent surgery and procedures have been continuing on a case-by-case basis, weighing the risk of further delay of treatment against the risk of proceeding and the risk of virus transmission.


Original story:

Premier Doug Ford is set to provide an update on COVID-19 at 1:00 p.m. at Queen's Park.

He will be joined by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, to make the announcement.

Village Media will carry the livestream.