There is a large crowd at the entrance of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH).
Acting director of medical services Dr Clyde Cave said patients were coming to the hospital for services which had been outsourced.
He said they were accepting those who were supposed to be there while directing others to Belleville. Should the crowds further increase, he said they would consider closing the gates, though this is a last resort.
Cave said there were a variety of factors at play but one of the main issues was that some people were arriving to make/reschedule appointments rather than call, but the QEH was encouraging calls in light of the pandemic.
Earlier today, the Ministry of Health and Wellness said all polyclinics would be open for emergency and urgent care services only from today through Friday.
Pharmacies will also be open to honour prescriptions, but the Ladymeade Reference Unit and the HIV Food Bank will be closed today until further notice. (CA/PR)