Ontario lays out new COVID-19 testing plan

Henrietta Brewer
May 30, 2020

Ford has been asked on multiple occasions about the idea and has said it wasn't on the table, but now he says he's asking health officials to show him what a regional approach would look like.

The slight uptick in new cases could be the results of a Victoria Day weekend bump, but also includes some residual data from testing done of all long-term care residents, Williams said.

Meanwhile, Ontario's fiscal watchdog says the government's $17 billion pandemic action plan actually provides just $13.5 billion in COVID-19 support.

Ontario has a provincewide network of more than 20 laboratory sites working in coordination to further increase capacity and test turn-around times for COVID-19 testing.

While Ontario continues to add new COVID-19 cases daily, a large number of them are being recorded in communities in the Greater Toronto Area, while other regions are seeing low numbers of new cases, including London, which saw three on Thursday.

Though this is still slightly below the province's own benchmark of 16,000 tests per day, as well as Ontario's capacity of 21,000 tests per day, it's a significant improvement from the 9,875 tests conducted yesterday and similar numbers in the days prior.

Provincial health workers perform COVID-19 tests on residents of the remote First Nations community of Gull Bay, Ont., on April 27, 2020.

Health Minister Christine Elliott and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams are watching those numbers closely as they contemplate moving to Stage 2 of the re-opening phase of the economy.

Anyone with concerns about exposure who appears at any of Ontario's 129 assessment centres will be provided with a test.

Meanwhile, 847 patients are now hospitalized with COVID-19, 150 of which are in ICU and 117 of which are on a ventilator. He said that more testing gives a better scope what's happening around the province and can help guide what locations could be reopened sooner.

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