Ontario Premier Doug Ford announces $1.2B in funding for public hospitals | FULL

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Monday announced that public hospitals in the province will be receiving an additional $1.2 billion in funding to help ease financial pressure created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The money will help hospitals strengthen their financial position and recover lost revenue from the pandemic. It will also help ease the surgical backlog in the province.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said $696.6 million will go towards historic working fund deficits for eligible hospitals to ensure they remain financially stable. The money is earmarked for small and medium as well as specialty and rehabilitation hospitals.

The minister also said $572.3 million will help reimburse hospitals for losses in parking, co-payments for private rooms and the reduction of retail services all of which help cover patient care and clinical services.

Ontario is reporting 1,699 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the provincial total to 330,573.

Monday’s case count is lower than Sunday’s which saw 1,791 new infections. On Saturday, 1829 new cases were recorded and 1,745 on Friday.

According to Monday’s provincial report, 500 cases were recorded in Toronto, 318 in Peel Region, 155 in York Region, 114 in Hamilton, 85 in Ottawa and 79 in Durham Region.

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