Ontario Surpasses Four Million COVID-19 TestsPublished on October 06, 2020
Ontario has completed over four million COVID-19 tests since the beginning of the pandemic. That is more tests than all the other provinces combined. We continue to lead the country in both the number of tests completed and daily testing capacity.
To ensure the province’s health care system is prepared for the second wave of COVID-19, this government is investing $1.07 billion to add more testing locations to improve access and reduce wait times, increase processing capacity within the provincial laboratory network, and add more case and contact management resources to trace and isolate new cases.
The province is now well on its way to building the capacity to process 50,000 daily tests by mid-October and 68,000 daily tests by mid-November. We want to ensure that everyone who needs a test, can get a test quickly.
In an effort to expand access, the province has expanded testing sites to participating pharmacies. Currently, 77 pharmacies across the province are collecting COVID-19 samples with over 5,800 samples collected since September 25, 2020.
Ontarians who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and are eligible for testing within provincial testing guidance may visit a select pharmacy by appointment, with or without a valid Ontario Health Card. Additional pharmacies will be offering testing in the coming weeks.
As the weather begins to get cooler, assessment centres have shifted to online booking to provide certainty and convenience for those who need a test. The best way to combat COVID-19 is to continue to follow strong public health advice that reduces the risk of transmission and help keep Ontarians safe.
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