Without any explanation, the Ontario govt deleted more than 1,200 previously listed available ICU beds (May 1 to Oct. 22, 2020) from its own data on Jan. 7, 2022. By doing so, it now appears that Ontario has a net gain of 331 available ICU beds from 2012 ICU beds May 1, 2020, to 2,343 ICU beds reported for Jan. 13, 2022.
Here is today’s table of ICU bed availability in Ontario.
We previously reported, Dec. 26, 2021, about the Ontario govt’s questionable use of a budget set at $51 billion to respond to Covid-19 and questioned what happened to the availability of 1,114 adult ICU beds from May 13, 2020, to Dec. 24, 2021.
It appears the govt is covering up a major gaffe created by the mismanagement of $51 billion in budgeted pandemic funds with a net result of a loss of ICU beds nearly 2 years into a supposed pandemic Isee chart below) and by contributing to the province’s healthcare staffing crisis through the allowance of unconstitutional and coercive vaccine mandates allowing unvaccinated healthcare workers to be fired.
Using the WayBack Machine archive, the previous ICU bed data was available until Jan. 6, 2022.
The data switch Jan. 7 can be found here.
5 thoughts on “Ontario Deletes 1,200+ ICU Beds from Data, Turning Pandemic ICU Bed Loss into Gain”
Why would your government lie to you?
The data on the Ontario C-19 website goes back to May 2020, roughly 7 weeks into the pandemic. What we might be seeing in the original data is beds being mobilized to increase ICU capacity at a time when nobody knew what to expect and staffing at hospitals was available to make these changes. As ICU occupancy in Ontario never reached critical levels during any C-19 surges, those extra beds disappeared in late 2020. The apparent change in the data and the corresponding graph suggests that those extra beds never really existed. The Ontario government needs to explain why the data changed. Without an explanation, there’s just speculation and editorializing.
You lose beds when you lose nurses.
We have been lead to believe that the heath care workers have been overworked because of Covid-19 patients. From the graphs of the ICU beds at least, it appears that that was not the bulk of their work.
Government fudging the numbers? I’m shocked! (Sarcasm ends.)