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Houston will be home to the nation’s largest psychiatric hospital in 2021

The UTHealth Behavioral Sciences Center will be making history in Houston.

The facility will be the first public mental health hospital constructed in more than three decades, and will be the largest of its kind in the United States.

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UTHealth enlisted the help of architecture firm Perkins and Will to design the mental health facility near the Texas Medical Center.

The future building will “consist of two buildings connected by a glazed bridge, surrounded by a tranquil green space,” as reported by Jillian Goltzman at Innovation Map.


The facility will be an educational hospital, where future physicians and specialists will be trained. Not only will the facility provide mental healthcare, but substance use intervention, treatment and medical care via integrated treatment programs, according to Innovation Map.

The infrastructure of the new building is being carefully crafted to assist with patient care. Light and sound were both important considerations in the development of the building.

The ultimate goal is to create a “peaceful environment for patients and staff.” The facility will have tunable light fixtures that adjust to the time of day, as well as noise reduction coefficient acoustics to reduce noise impact.

To help transition patients back into everyday life, the facility will include a therapy mall, that “can serve as a salon, boutique, fitness center, movie night spot, or music therapy space.”

The UTHealth Behavioral Sciences Center will be opening its doors in late 2021, and will include 264 inpatient beds.

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Quebec sees largest daily case count, Ontario has a slight decrease in new COVID-19 cases

For more on Monday’s top stories, and on how the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the country, please refer to our live updates below, as well as our COVID-19 news hub.

17,122 active COVID-19 cases in Canada: 168,960 diagnoses, 9,504 deaths and 142,334 recoveries (as of Oct. 6, 6:00 p.m. ET)

  • Alberta – 1,900 active cases (19,211 total cases, including 281 deaths, 17,030 resolved)

  • British Columbia – 1,384 active cases (9,841 total cases, 244 deaths, 8,184 resolved)

  • Manitoba – 781 active cases (2,246 total cases, 24 deaths, 1,441 resolved)

  • New Brunswick – 5 active cases (205 cases, 2 deaths, 198 resolved)

  • Newfoundland and Labrador – 4 active case (277 total cases, 4 deaths, 269 resolved)

  • Northwest Territories – 0 active cases (5 total cases, 5 resolved)

  • Nova Scotia – 3 active cases (1,089 total cases, 65 deaths 1,021 resolved)

  • Ontario – 5,469 active cases (55,362 total cases, 2,987 deaths, 67 033 resolved)

  • Prince Edward Island – 3 active case (61 total cases, 58 resolved)

  • Quebec –  8,082 active cases (81,014 total cases, 5,899 deaths, 66,180 resolved)

  • Saskatchewan – 139 active cases (1,984 total cases, 24 deaths, 1,821 resolved)

  • Yukon – 0 active cases (15 total cases, 15 resolved)

  • Nunavut – 0 active cases (8 presumptive positive cases)

  • CFB Trenton – 0 active cases (13 total cases, 13 resolved)

Armed forces reveal COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) reported 222 COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Currently, 24 are active and 198 are resolved.

The Tuesday update indicated that “leadership is closely monitoring” the virus impact on the CAF.

Quebec continues to see record-breaking daily case counts

Quebec reported 1,364 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, the largest daily case count to date, bringing the cumulative total of cases in the province to 81,014.

The majority of new cases are in Montreal (329), the Quebec City region (265) and Laval (173). Most cases are people between the ages of 20 and 59. Individuals between the ages of 20 and 29 account for 16.3 per cent of cases, while people between the ages of 40 and 49 represent 14.6 per cent of cases.

The province is also reporting 17 new deaths. Three occurred in the last 24 hours, nine deaths occurred between September 29 and October 4, one occurred before September 29 and four deaths occurred at an unknown date.

Hospitalizations increased by 36 in the same timeframe, with five more people in ICU. There are currently 397 people in Quebec hospitals with COVID-19.

More than 500 new cases, 7 deaths reported in Ontario

Ontario reported 548 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, with 201 cases from the Toronto area. Peel, Ottawa and York also continue to make up a large proportion of cases in the province.