As Ontario grapples with the third wave of COVID-19, hospitals across the province are being ordered to cancel all non-urgent surgeries.

This is to open up space in intensive care units (ICU) across the province as a record number of patients are being admitted to ICUs.

According to the province, there are currently 2,350 Ontarians that are hospitalized with COVID-19, 806 patients in the ICU with a COVID-related illness, and 588 in ICU on a ventilator due to COVID-related illness.

As health officials work to transfer ICU COVID-19 patients from hospitals in southern Ontario to hospitals across the province, Ray Racette, President and Chief Executive Officer at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital says he doesn't expect any patients to be transferred to Kenora.

"If there are transfers to hospitals in Northern Ontario, we believe they will be focused on larger hospitals with large ICUs that can do a full range of ICU procedures which are beyond our scope as a smaller community hospital," Racette said.

According to Racette, one COVID-19 patient from southern Ontario has been transferred to a hospital in Sault Ste. Marie.

Racette noted that they haven't received any requests, to date, to accept a patient from southern Ontario.

At the time of publishing, KenoraOnline hadn't heard back from the Dryden Regional Health Centre and Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre for comment on patient transfers or the cancellation of non-urgent surgeries.